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Winds push Lake Champlain levels higher

Nearly 1,000 evacuated as wind-pushed water flooded 3,000 homes

MONTREAL (UPI) | May 24, 2011

Water levels on Lake Champlain were expected to rise further Monday night before receding once high winds leave the region, Canadian officials said.

Rain and winds clocked at speeds as high as 50 mph have combined since Sunday to cause water to spill from the lake into Richelieu River, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported. Water levels rose higher than record levels posted May 6.

Towns and cities in the area have been put on alert.

Civil security officials said water levels in the Monteregie region would likely rise 8 inches Monday night but would begin to recede once the winds begin to die down.

Quebec Premier Jean Charest said during a tour of the affected region Monday that about 500 members of the military would be assigned to assist with the relief effort.

An estimated 3,000 homes have been flooded and nearly 1,000 people have been evacuated since flooding in the region began about five weeks ago.

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