15 homes evacuated after flood warning in Sherbrooke

Global News

SHERBROOKE – 15 homes have been evacuated around Queen Boulevard North and Bowen Street South after a flood alert was issued for Sherbrooke due to rising water.

The Saint-François River has already risen to more than six meters.

The current is moving very fast due to chunks of ice – some of them as large as cars – that are barreling down the river at high speeds.

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With the rain not expected to stop any time soon, water levels in the Saint-François River could continue to rise and force more residents out of their homes.

The Red Cross has confirmed it is working quickly to assist all the families affected by the evacuation order.

Most parts of downtown Sherbrooke are closed, including a municipal garage on Grandes-Fourches street.

Some restaurants have even lost power.

Bishop’s University and Champlain-Lennoxville closed…

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