Feds announce Canadian Armed Forces to help with flood relief in BC
The Boundary region of BC should be getting some relief from the Canadian Armed Forced following a statement Thursday from Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.
Goodale made the statement in response to the flooding in British Columbia.
“I have spoken with Minister Mike Farnworth, regarding the flooding situation in British Columbia. On behalf of the Government of Canada, I have accepted his formal request for federal assistance to help communities affected by flooding.”
The Boundary region has been hammered this spring with flooding.
The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary Emergency Operations Centre said water levels continue to rise in the Kettle River watershed with more than 1200 cubic meters per second flowing through the Granby River, Kettle River and West Kettle River Tuesday. Wednesday that number has risen to 1700 cubic meters or the volume of over four 25-metre swimming pools per second.
“The Government of Canada, through the Government Operations Centre (GOC), continues to monitor and assess the national flooding situation as it evolves,” Goodale said.
“The GOC has staff working to coordinate the federal response to the situation in British Columbia. Officials are working closely with federal and provincial partners on planning the details of this assistance, including support from the Canadian Armed Forces. 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.”
Details of how many troops will be deployed and where are being discussed and should be announced very soon.
“I strongly encourage affected residents to follow the directions and advice of law enforcement and first responders. On behalf of all Canadians, I would like to thank all of the first responders and volunteers working hard to keep everyone safe,” Goodale said.
The RDKB EOC is advising the public to be very concerned about staying away from creeks and river banks due to erosion.