Several municipalities have declared a state of emergency in response to the spring floods that have devastated many of the island's neighbourhoods. Hundreds of people have been evacuated, and many more have had their homes severely damaged by floodwaters.
To show the extent of the damage, one woman filmed herself kayaking through her flooded home. The emotional video reveals the damage that the flood has caused. The woman, Valérie Deslauriers, sobs as she paddles through her ruined house in Ste-Marthe-sur-le-Lac, a Montreal suburb. The video has been viewed almost 500,000 times.
The first video shows a completely flooded street. We can see Ms. Deslauriers paddling ahead, towing the cameraman's kayak.
The water levels are unbelievably high. Though it is hard to estimate exactly how much water is on the street, we can see that the water reaches over the porches of many houses.
At around the 2:15 mark, we can see a car nearly submerged by the flood waters. Muffled sniffling can be heard in the background of the video.
A second video shows the inside of the house.
The inside of the house is half submerged in water. The result of seeing such a familiar sight invaded by what is not supposed to be there is uncanny and destabilising.
The house is in the shape the owners left it in: flowerpots on the counter and linen in the closet. The glaring difference is that it is now completely flooded.
What is most heartwrenching are the sobs that we hear as a couple surveys the damage to their home.