First Canadian troops arrive in B.C. as federal assistance approved for flooded areas

The first wave of 140 Canadian troops is arriving in British Columbia to help communities overwhelmed by flood waters.

The Canadian Armed Forces says staff from Joint Task Force Pacific and personnel from the 3rd Canadian Division based in Edmonton will arrive today at a staging area in Vernon.

Todd Manuck measures the depth of water on the street in front of his house as water from Osoyoos Lake floods the street and properties, in Osoyoos, B.C., on Saturday May 12, 2018.

From there, troops are expected to be deployed to areas such as Grand Forks, where officials in the southern Interior city say a second round of flooding is imminent.

Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Ralph Goodale says in a news release that members of the armed forces will help with evacuations, sandbagging and property protection.

Workers install a water dyke in anticipation of flood waters in Grand Forks, in the Boundary Country of the West Kootenay region of British Columbia, on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.

Initial reconnaissance personnel have also been sent to Victoria to co-ordinate with provincial officials on the deployment of additional vehicles, equipment, and personnel.

Soaring temperatures over the last week caused rapid melting of extremely heavy snowpacks, swelling many rivers in B.C. to flood stage and prompting evacuation orders or alerts affecting more than 2,000 properties.

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Source:: Nationalpost – News


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