How to help, where to donate as flooding continues in Quebec

Montreal has declared a state of emergency in response to the flooding in the region. Mike Armstrong reports.

Major spring flooding has forced thousands of Quebecers from their homes, with residents and authorities scrambling to deal with rising floodwaters across the province.

Here is a guide with the latest information on the evolving situation in Quebec and how to help.

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Where to donate

The Canadian Red Cross has launched an emergency fundraising campaign to help flood victims. The organization says donations will help meet the needs of citizens who have been forced from their homes or who are dealing with major flooding.

The West Island Community Shares has also set up a special fund for the evolving situation. It is looking for both monetary donations and gift cards.

Where to volunteer

As flooding continues to hit several areas across Quebec, local authorities are looking for volunteers to help pack and place sandbags.

In Montreal’s West Island, people can contact Volunteer West Island at 514-457-5445 to find out where help is needed.

At Pierrefonds Comprehensive High School, residents can help pack sandbags, transport them and help to build dikes to block out water. The same goes for the Île-Bizard–Sainte-Geneviève borough, where volunteers can show up between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. at 500 montée de l’Église to help.

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In Vaudreuil-Dorion, volunteers can show up to the old Flying J to help fill and distribute sandbags. Officials thank those who brought meals to the site, but say they are set for now.

In Laval, authorities are asking for volunteers to help erect walls and to transport sandbags to affected areas from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Centre Acces. Volunteers must be over the age of 18.

Where to find the latest numbers

For those looking to find the most recent information about the evolving crisis, Urgence Québec routinely posts updates about water levels, the number of evacuations and homes affected by flooding.

A full roundup on the situation can be found on the province’s website.

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