TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Hundreds of people across southern Quebec were forced to leave their homes because of flooding that officials say will only increase as temperatures rise Sunday and melt more snow.

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More than 1,000 homes have flooded in the province, so far the majority of them in communities south of Quebec City, including 500 in Sainte-Marie, about 60 kilometers south of the provincial capital.

In Sainte-Marie, some residents’ vehicles are under water and locals are using boats to help their neighbors leave their homes, CBC reported.

The Chaudière River was rising around 20 to 25 centimeters per hour Sunday morning and had reached levels the town’s mayor, Gaétan Vachon, said were unprecedented.

Officials in Montreal have built temporary barricades in vulnerable areas around the city, said Martin Guilbault, chief of operations at the Montreal fire department. He said citizens in threatened areas need to protect their homes with sandbags that have either been delivered or are available for pickup at distribution centers.