MONTREAL, Canada — Four people in Canada, including two children, were reported missing Saturday in flooding triggered by torrential rains in Nova Scotia, police said.
The children were in a submerged car, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said. The other three people in the car managed to escape.
In a separate incident in the eastern province, a young man and a man were reported missing under similar circumstances, the police agency said.
Heavy rains in Nova Scotia since Friday have cut roads and flooded homes.
Prime Minister Tim Houston told a news conference that the province had received about 25 cm (10 inches) of rain, the equivalent of three months of rain, in less than 24 hours.
Houston declared a state of emergency in several areas of the province and urged residents not to join the search for the missing as “conditions remain dangerous.”
He calculated that it would take several days for the water to recede.
People in the Windsor region received evacuation orders in the middle of the night due to the danger of flooding causing a dam to burst.
But relief valves were opened early Saturday to reduce pressure and the situation is now under control, Windsor Mayor Abraham Zebian said.
News footage and images on social media showed roads that looked like rivers and many abandoned cars in the water.
Environment Canada’s weather service said heavy rain was expected overnight in the eastern part of the province.
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