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Quebec police investigating reports that two firefighters are missing amid flooding

May 1, 2023  By The Canadian Press

May 1, 2023, Montreal, Que. – Quebec provincial police say they’re investigating reports that two firefighters were swept away by the current on a flooded river northeast of Quebec City.

Police spokesman Sgt. Claude Doiron says two helicopters are being deployed to an area near the community of St-Urbain, Que., in the province’s Charlevoix region, where flooding has been reported along the Riviere du Gouffre.

The nearby city of Baie-St-Paul, also along the Riviere du Gouffre, declared a state of emergency this afternoon.

The city says it’s asking people to stay in their homes and to call 911 if they need to evacuate.


Mayor Michael Pilote is scheduled to hold a news conference later today.

The Public Security Department says flooding and landslides caused by heavy rains have closed roads in the Lanaudiere, Laurentians and Outaouais regions.

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