Flooding has forced hundreds of people to abandon their homes this week in a town west of Quebec City.

The Sainte Anne river is blocked in at least two locations sending water flooding into the streets of Saint Raymond.

So far 450 people have had to leave their homes and the municipality has set up an emergency shelter for those people.

Authorities have broken up the ice jams with heavy equipment and say the water levels stabilized early Friday morning.

On Thursday the Charest government announced it would help municipalities affected by spring flooding and Public Security Minister Robert Dutil said more than 40 cities and towns would be eligible.