From New Brunswick in the east, Quebec, the central province of Alberta, to west coast British Columbia, spring rain and melting winter snow have created huge swaths of flooding.
In several cases, frozen river ice which has been broken up, flows downstream until an ice jam forms backing up the waters which flood into nearby properties.
In New Brunswick the St John river has reached high levels and forced closures and evacuations. Several government offices and some businesses in the city are closed today to reduce traffic problems.
In Alberta, several communities have been evacuated due to high water.
Ice Jam Along Peace River
Many towns in several areas in Alberta, especially along the Peace River are threatened. Fort Vermilion in the north of the province has been ordered evacuated today.
In Quebec, where extensive flooding last year caused great expense and hardship not far from Montreal, some 24 areas are being watched now. Evacuations have taken place in the Beauce and Gaspe and several other locations have received evacuation warnings, such as Weedon in the Eastern Townships.
Several areas in British Columbia, especially the central interior, have been affected, with some evacuations as well, as some roads have been washed out.
Cache Creek, where the town fire chief was swept away by floods last year, is again experiencing flooding this year and is under a local state of emergency, although water seems to be receeding after a peak on the weekend.
Williams Lake, Quesnel, and Merritt are also vulnerable. Several homes near Oliver were evacuated due to threats of mudslides, and several dozen homes in Tulameen were also ordered evacuated.
Last summer several major wild fires devasted large portions of forest and so much of the rain and snow melt is not being absorbed and merely runs off creating floods and risk of mudslides.
In many of these areas the flooding is coming earlier than usual. Southern Ontario which tends to have slightly warmer climate experienced severe flooding in late February with at least one death as a child was swept from a car which was pushed into the fast flowing Grand River which had overrun the road.