STE. ANNE DE SABREVOIS - With the spring melt finally here, water levels are rising in the eastern townships and Thursday's windstorm didn't help matters.

High winds caused power outages and flooding in parts of southern and central Quebec on Thursday.

In Sainte-Anne-de-Sabrevois, the water level remained stable overnight but municipal officials expected the levels to rise another 15 cm Friday.

In Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, water levels were are at a historic high of 30.5m. So far at least one school has been transformed into a shelter for the evacuees.

In Soulanges, strong winds caused big waves on Lac-Saint-Francois to overflow and pushed the water over the barriers creating a pool of water.

Crews worked all afternoon Thursday making sure the sewers could handle the flow of water and it cleared overnight.