Stéphane Simoneau, Sherbrooke Fire Chief and Director of the OMSC, Sherbrooke’s municipal civil security authority, is warning people living near waterways to keep an eye out for flooding in advance of heavy rain expected in the area over the long weekend. Should the forecast 25-50 millimeters of rain fall, signs point to water being the highest late Saturday or early Sunday. “It will rise progressively over the course of the day,” The OMSC director said, noting that although the water level had fallen back below the city’s “pre-alert” level of 15 feet by Thursday morning, the expected rain will see it rise quickly. Based on an estimate of 45 millimeters of rainfall, Simoneau said that the level could hit 20.5 feet by Saturday night. Evacuations begin at 21 feet. See full story in the Friday, April 19 edition of The Record.