Quebec provincial police say they are searching for two firefighters who are missing in a river in a city northeast of Quebec City that is being hit hard by spring flooding.
A spokesperson for the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) told CTV News that the firefighters were trying to help residents who were stuck in their house in Saint-Urbain, in Quebec’s Charlevoix region, when the pair was swept away by a strong current. Police confirmed Monday evening that the occupants of the home were airlifted to safety, but the whereabouts of the firefighters were still unknown.
Video posted on Facebook from people living in the region showed what appeared to be a trailer being swept down a river before crashing into a bridge as bystanders looked on.
Two helicopters were dispatched to the scene where the fire crew went missing as other emergency crews are also on the ground trying to assist other residents affected by flooding. A local campground was particularly hard-hit and two daycares were also evacuated.