In pictures: MPs respond to Ontario, Quebec flooding

Photograph courtesy of Frank Baylis

A man takes in the surging Ottawa River from the Chaudière Bridge, just west of Parliament Hill on May 8. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

‘You feel like you’re in some sort of science fiction movie,' said Gatineau Liberal MP Steven MacKinnon, left, who spent his weekend filling sandbags, and visiting the flooded zones with the army to help get people out of their homes. In his riding, more than 700 residents were evacuated from their homes. Photograph courtesy Steven MacKinnon's Twitter page

Ottawa hasn't seen a flood like this in decades, with the river rising three metres above normal spring levels. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, background fourth from left, and Liberal MP Peter Schiefke, foreground third from right, speak to residents in Terrasse-Vaudreuil, Que. in a photo released May 7. Photograph courtesy Justin Trudeau’s Twitter page

Ottawa received a whopping 112 millimetres of rain over the first seven days of May. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Small boats became the most practical form of transportation in some areas of Gatineau. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ottawa Centre Liberal MP Catherine McKenna fills sandbags in fellow Liberal MP Francis Drouin’s riding east of Ottawa in Rockland, Ont. Photograph courtesy Francis Drouin’s Twitter page

MPs lauded the efforts of volunteers who showed up to help their neighbours, though not everyone was so lucky. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced $1-million for the Canadian Red Cross to help respond to the disaster. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, centre, spoke to reporters about the flood May 8. He and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, far left, are co-ordinating the federal response to the crisis, which has included the deployment of 1,730 troops in hard-hit areas of Quebec The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello

Residents in the Pointe Gatineau region, at the corner of Jacques Cartier and Saint François Xavier streets, laid down sandbags to keep the water from their homes. The Hill Times photograph Jake Wright