A toddler likely did not survive after disappearing with her stepfather in Quebec floodwaters three days ago, authorities said on Wednesday.Rescuers pulled the stepfather's body from the river late Monday afternoon.Police officers searched for the missing girl on the Sainte-Anne River, a Saint Lawrence River tributary, as floodwaters receded, but the debris-filled water was too murky for divers.
Authorities believe the child did not survive in the frigid, choppy waters, said spokesman Sgt. Claude Doiron."The temperature, the strong pull of the river, all these factors mean that, unfortunately, we are searching for a body," Doiron said.
The 2-year-old, Daphne Levesques, her stepfather, Mike Gagnon, and her mother were in their vehicle when it was swept into the Sainte-Anne on Sunday evening. The mother grabbed a tree branch and made it to safety. Police have not identified her.
Authorities have begun a cleanup in the wake of historic flooding that forced more than 2,700 people from their homes and damaged nearly 3,900 structures, Urgence Quebec, the government emergency information department, said late Tuesday.About 3,100 were without power, Canada's Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said Tuesday. The federal government has deployed about 1,730 military personnel.Transport Canada restricted marine traffic along the Saint Lawrence, a major shipping route. (Reporting by Anna Mehler Paperny in Toronto; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)
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Updated Date: May 10, 2017 22:16 PM