City of Montreal declares state of emergency from flooding

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A resident removes belongings from his home in a flooded residential neighbourhood in Rigaud, Quebec, Canada May 7, 2017. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi
Surete du Quebec Police officers try to convince a resident to evacuate his home in a flooded residential neighbourhood in Rigaud, Quebec, Canada May 7, 2017. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi
Marcel Theriault stands inside his flooded home in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada, May 7, 2017. REUTERS/Chris Wattie TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (C) helps fill sandbags after flooding in Terrasse-Vaudreuil, Quebec, Canada May 7, 2017. Adam Scotti/Prime Minister's Office/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Hydro-Quebec workers check on evacuated homes in a flooded residential neighbourhood in Rigaud, Quebec, Canada May 7, 2017. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi
Canadian soldiers inspect a flooded residential area in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada, May 7, 2017. REUTERS/Chris Wattie TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Canadian soldiers place sandbags outside a home in a flooded residential neighbourhood in Pierrefonds, Quebec, Canada May 7, 2017. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi
Canadian soldiers place sandbags outside a home in a flooded residential neighbourhood in Pierrefonds, Quebec, Canada May 7, 2017. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi
A man paddles a canoe in a flooded residential area in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada, May 7, 2017. REUTERS/Chris Wattie
Canadian soldiers carry sandbags to the backyard of a home in a flooded residential neighbourhood in Pierrefonds, Quebec, Canada May 7, 2017. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi
Canadian soldiers place sandbags outside a home in a flooded residential neighbourhood in Pierrefonds, Quebec, Canada May 7, 2017. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi
Men transport sandbags to a home in a flooded residential area in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada, May 7, 2017. REUTERS/Chris Wattie
Jean-Francois Perrault (C) and Julie Theriault (L) move mattresses from a home in a flooded residential area in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada, May 7, 2017. REUTERS/Chris Wattie
People row a boat in a flooded residential area in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada, May 7, 2017. REUTERS/Chris Wattie
Marcel Theriault (R) talks to police officers while standing on the front porch of his flooded home in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada, May 7, 2017. REUTERS/Chris Wattie
A man places sandbags outside a home in a flooded residential area in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada, May 7, 2017. REUTERS/Chris Wattie
Men stand on the front porch of a home in a flooded residential area in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada, May 7, 2017. REUTERS/Chris Wattie
Jean-Francois Perrault (L) and Julie Theriault move mattresses from a home in a flooded residential area in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada, May 7, 2017. REUTERS/Chris Wattie
A woman pulls a kayak in front of Canadian soldiers in a flooded residential area in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada, May 7, 2017. REUTERS/Chris Wattie
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(Reuters) - The city of Montreal declared a state of emergency on Sunday afternoon as floodwaters spread from torrential rains that have lashed the city since early on Friday, causing the worst flooding in decades, city officials said.

The state of emergency, which gives firefighters extra resources to battle the flooding, will be in place for 48 hours and the situation will be reviewed afterward. The city of Montreal said in a statement that it would take several days for the situation to get back to normal.

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Across the Canadian province of Quebec, 126 municipalities are now considered part of flood zones, and the number of homes hit by flooding is in the thousands, CBC News reported on Sunday.

In Montreal, the province's most populous city, 221 people have been flooded out of their homes, prompting Mayor Denis Coderre to urge residents to comply with evacuation orders, the officials said.

The Canadian military will deploy about 1,200 troops to help deal with the flooding, CBC reported. Quebec Environment Minister David Heurtel described the rainfall as historic.

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