TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Parents of hundreds of children in Pontiac, Que., are being told schools will remain closed the rest of this week and perhaps longer.
There are concerns the schools could put pressure on already-stressed sewage systems as communities in the western Quebec municipality struggle to deal with unprecedented flooding, CBC ewported.
The English-language Western Quebec School Board (WQSB) has closed three schools: Quyon’s Onslow Elementary, Chapeau’s Dr. Wilbert Keon School. and St. John’s Elementary in Campbell’s Bay.
A number of French-language schools are also closed.
“Parents are still having to work,” empathized Pontiac Mayor Joanne Labadie, who’s also a school commissioner with the WQSB.
“And with daycares and schools being closed, it’s a real challenge for these families.”
A historic flooding has caused many residents of Eastern Canada to flee from their homes as water levels surge.
Several communities in Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick are continuing to feel the wrath of floodwaters, prompting many to declare a state of emergency and get help from soldiers for sandbagging and emergency evacuations.
Video shows flood waters rise nearly 14 feet on Southfield Freeway under Outer Dr. in Dearborn: