B.C. Flooding: Ottawa sending military to help flooded communities


Military help is on the way to B.C. communities ravaged by floods.

On Thursday, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Ralph Goodale said the federal government has accepted the request for military assistance from B.C. communities affected by flooding.

He said Ottawa continues to monitor the national flooding situation as it evolves and will provide support from the Canadian Armed Forces.

He said troops are deploying to the affected areas and will provide assistance with evacuations, help protect key assets from flood damage, and bolster sandbagging efforts.

“British Columbians can rest assured that help will be provided as soon as possible,” he said.

“I strongly encourage affected residents to follow the directions and advice of law enforcement and first responders.”

On Wednesday, about 150 residents of Barnston Island, on the Fraser River between Surrey and Pitt Meadows, were told they may have to leave at a moment’s notice because of rising water, while about 200 properties in the Township of Langley remained on an evacuation alert.

A high streamflow advisory is still in place for the Fraser River, which was measured at 5.7 metres in Mission on Wednesday.

Meantime, more evacuation alerts are issued across B.C., Premier John Horgan said the province will match Canadian Red Cross donations up to $20 million, for those most harmed by the flooding.

In Grand Forks, where 1,500 properties are under an evacuation order, officials expect another flood event similar to last week, a situation which could be made worse by rainfall over the next few days.

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary says water levels are rising in the Granby River, which remains under a flood warning by the B.C. River Forecast Centre.

More than 2,000 properties in B.C. are under an evacuation order, while 2,600 homes are on evacuation alert, according to Emergency Management B. C. The Town …read more

Source:: Vancouver Sun

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