Animals saved from devastating flood in Canada

An engineer erects emergency barriers to prevent the Saguenay River from flooding farmland in north-east Quebec Image copyright EPA More than 3,000 cows on an organic farm in Quebec in Canada have been saved…

Animals saved from devastating flood in Canada

An engineer erects emergency barriers to prevent the Saguenay River from flooding farmland in north-east Quebec

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More than 3,000 cows on an organic farm in Quebec in Canada have been saved after a month’s worth of rain fell in just two days.

The Saguenay River in the province reached record flood levels when it burst its banks this week.

The animals had to be rescued by boat after their fences were washed away by floodwaters.

Some 45,000 hectares (120,000 acres) were affected by the unprecedented rain.

The 75 members of the French-speaking farm’s herd began to die off as temperatures rose in the area.

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‘Life goes on’

The property owner, Martin Roy, was shaken and lost a buffalo after the white stallion slipped into the river and swam to safety.

“We are very grateful and the canteen staff was really happy to serve us again this morning,” Mr Roy told the Associated Press.

“My life goes on. We will figure out how to make this farm into something more valuable. I don’t feel too bad,” he added.

Saguenay region environment minister Catherine Minault was visibly upset as she described the impact the flood had.

“We couldn’t save any animals because the rushing water was too strong and the culverts were overburdened,” she said.

“We have 1,400 people helping us respond to the situation,” she said, with police helping distribute food and warm clothing to residents left without water.

A government spokesperson told the Associated Press that nearly 500 homes were evacuated.

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Roads flooded

Officials said some 900,000 trees had been uprooted in Saguenay region.

Heavy rain in the mid-Atlantic states in the US caused similar flooding in Canada in the winter of 2008-09, killing 15 people and destroying 3,500 homes.

Most of the Canadian victims had to be rescued by boat.

The northern part of the province also suffered freezing temperatures this week, with more than 12cm (4.7in) of snowfall.

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