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Charest asks Canadian Forces for help in dealing with floods near Montreal

Quebec Premier Jean Charest reacts to the federal election results in Quebec City, Tuesday, May 3, 2011.

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Premier Jean Charest is asking the Canadian Forces for help in dealing with floods southeast of Montreal.

Heavy rains have wreaked havoc in the Monteregie region and have forced about 1,800 people from their homes.

Various communites have been affected, including St-Jean-sur-Richelieu.

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Mr. Charest made the announcement in the national assembly today.

The army itself has not been immune to the trouble caused by floodwaters which are also encroaching on a military installation.

Students at the Royal Military College in St-Jean also had to be evacuated to a neighbouring garrison.

About 150 of the young officers are preparing for important exams in a few days and military spokesmen say they need a dry space to prepare.

The army says the college consists of buildings with offices and classrooms, and not vital military equipment like planes and tanks.

The waters have already risen onto parts of the grounds belonging to the college, which is located on the banks of the Richelieu River.

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