Two men carry belongings along a flooded street in the town of Rigaud west of Montreal. Picture: Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP
Two men carry belongings along a flooded street in the town of Rigaud west of Montreal. Picture: Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP
Members of the Canadian army place sandbags next to rising floodwaters in the Montreal borough of Pierrefonds. Picture: Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP
Members of the Canadian army place sandbags next to rising floodwaters in the Montreal borough of Pierrefonds. Picture: Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP
A resident holds his phone in his teeth as he navigates deep waters on Voisine Road in Rockland, Ontario. Picture: Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP
A resident holds his phone in his teeth as he navigates deep waters on Voisine Road in Rockland, Ontario. Picture: Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP
The Ottawa River is nearly level with the deck and swimming pool at Pierre Voisine's home in Rockland, Ontario. Picture: Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP
The Ottawa River is nearly level with the deck and swimming pool at Pierre Voisine's home in Rockland, Ontario. Picture: Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP
Martin Gervais works to get a pump hose flowing again as water crashes against a rock wall at a home in Rockland, Ontario. Picture: Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP
Martin Gervais works to get a pump hose flowing again as water crashes against a rock wall at a home in Rockland, Ontario. Picture: Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP
A resident uses her phone from behind sandbags at the front of a home on Voisine Road in Rockland, Ontario. Picture: Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP
A resident uses her phone from behind sandbags at the front of a home on Voisine Road in Rockland, Ontario. Picture: Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP
Volunteers put sandbags around a home on Voisine Road in Rockland, Ontario. Picture: Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP
Volunteers put sandbags around a home on Voisine Road in Rockland, Ontario. Picture: Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP
People in a motor boat arriving to help deliver sandbags pass a sign intended for cars on Voisine Road in Rockland, Ontario. Picture: Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP
People in a motor boat arriving to help deliver sandbags pass a sign intended for cars on Voisine Road in Rockland, Ontario. Picture: Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP
Volunteers in boats work to get sandbags to homes on Voisine Road in Rockland, Ontario. Picture: Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP
Volunteers in boats work to get sandbags to homes on Voisine Road in Rockland, Ontario. Picture: Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP

Montreal – The City of Montreal declared a state of emergency on Sunday afternoon as floodwaters spread from torrential rains that have lashed the city since early on Friday, causing the worst flooding in decades, city officials said.

The state of emergency, which gives firefighters extra resources to battle the flooding, will be in place for 48 hours and the situation will be reviewed afterward. The city of Montreal said in a statement that it would take several days for the situation to get back to normal.

Across the Canadian province of Quebec, 126 municipalities are now considered part of flood zones, and the number of homes hit by flooding is in the thousands, CBC News reported on Sunday.

In Montreal, the province's most populous city, 221 people have been flooded out of their homes, prompting Mayor Denis Coderre to urge residents to comply with evacuation orders, the officials said.

The Canadian military will deploy about 1 200 troops to help deal with the flooding, CBC reported. Quebec Environment Minister David Heurtel described the rainfall as historic.

Reuters