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Government of Canada provides updates on regional flooding

Severe flooding due to heavy rain augmented by rapid snow melt is impacting various areas of Canada. The Government of Canada has issued the following updates on the situation…

May 11th, 2017

Over the 24 hours prior to 12pm EDT:

  • Today, Prime Minister Trudeau and Quebec Premier Couillard toured the affected Gatineau region. Afterward, they met with Minister Goodale and Minister Sajjan. The Prime Minister commended the close collaboration between government and volunteer organizations, who are working hand in hand to serve affected communities and coordinate defence efforts against the floods.
  • HMCS Montréal arrived in Trois-Rivières, where crew members joined ongoing relief efforts.
  • A notice has been issued by Transport Canada prohibiting the unauthorized use of drones in the vicinity of flood zones in Quebec.

May 10th, 2017

Over the 24 hours prior to 2pm EDT:

  • It was announced that HMCS Montréal, and her crew, will join the Canadian Armed Forces’ ongoing relief efforts in her namesake city of Montreal tomorrow;
  • Additional Canadian Armed Forces members from Kingston will be deployed to Quebec today. This will bring the total number of deployed personnel to 2,200. More troops are now deployed for the operation in Quebec than the rest of all Canadian Armed Forces operations around the world combined; and
  • Drone users are reminded that a Special Flight Operating Certificate (SFOC) is needed for drone use, and are asked to keep away from police and emergency services activities.

May 9th, 2017

Over the 24 hours prior to 2pm EDT:

  • The sandbags requested by the Government of Ontario were delivered, fulfilling the request for assistance;
  • The Canadian Red Cross announced the launch of Spring Floods 2017 appeal. Donations can be made at www.redcross.ca;
  • The Government of Canada announced a $1 million contribution to the Canadian Red Cross to assist with flood efforts;
  • The Government of Canada announced that it will pay all costs to support the Canadian Armed Forces role in the emergency response; and
  • Government of Canada employees in the National Capital Region can return to work on Wednesday.

More rain is expected in New Brunswick and areas of Quebec; however, the forecast looks promising in Ontario. Accelerated snow melt, severe thunderstorms, and more rain are expected to worsen the situation in British Columbia. Citizens are asked to exercise caution and impacted residents should continue to follow the directions and advice of their municipal law enforcement and first responders.

May 8th, 2017

Over the 24 hours prior to 12pm EDT, the Government of Canada has:

  • Accepted a request for assistance from the Government of Ontario to provide 250,000 sandbags. The Government Operations Centre has dedicated officials who are working closely with federal and provincial partners to coordinate the delivery of this assistance;
  • Deployed an additional 800 Canadian Armed Forces troops to support affected citizens in Quebec, and committed an additional 300 personnel, bringing the total number of troops to 1,650. Emergency response work is ongoing, and in some places relief work has begun. Flooding levels are expected to stabilize in the next few days in Quebec.
  • In order to reduce traffic congestion and allow emergency services to help those in need, Government of Canada employees who normally travel over the interprovincial bridges in the National Capital Region were advised to stay home and seek alternate work arrangements on Monday; and
  • In addition, all federal buildings in Gatineau are closed Monday. Advised federal workers in the Gatineau area to avoid flooded areas and seek alternate work arrangements, as needed. 

More rain is expected in British Colombia, Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick. Citizens are asked to exercise caution and impacted residents should continue to follow the directions and advice of their municipal law enforcement and first responders.

Summary of events

  • On May 5th, 2017, the Minister of Public Safety accepted a formal request for federal assistance from the Government of Quebec.
  • On May 7th, Minister Goodale also accepted a request for assistance from the Government of Ontario to provide 250,000 sandbags.
  • The Government Operations Centre, on behalf of the Government of Canada, is leading the coordination of the federal response to the flooding situation in Ontario and Quebec. Officials continue to work closely with federal and provincial partners on the specifics of this assistance.
  • A total of approximately 1730 Canadian Armed Forces personnel have been deployed to support Quebec citizens and coordination efforts. Troops, along with aviation assets, engineer assets, and 12 boats from the Naval Reserve, are positioned to support and react to the needs identified.
  • Canadian Forces support includes: helicopter support, filling sandbags, transporting affected citizens, maritime patrols; building dikes; helping repair broken pumps, and providing assistance to the Red Cross in shelter areas.
  • Approximately 3,400 residents have evacuated their homes. There have been mandatory evacuations from the Quebec Municipalities of Pontiac and Rigaud, and Montreal and surrounding areas, and Central British Columbi
  • Transport Canada continues to closely monitor water levels in affected areas. Impacts of the flooding on transportation are minimal at this time.

www.publicsafety.gc.ca



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