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Canadian military landing to help B.C.’s flood destroyed Princeton

Key takeaways: 

  • Mud requires to be removed ere winter freeze as houses in nearby Tulameen continue without power.
  • Flooding in Princeton, B.C., leaves everything devastated. 

Candian military forces arrive to assist in BC’s flood: 

Canadian Forces are being used to support clear significant streets and infrastructure in the B.C. central town of Princeton following days of instant appeals from the city’s mayor.

“Having the military show up is a huge morale boost,” Mayor Spencer Coyne said CBC News. Source – cbc.ca

“It helps us feel like we’re not alone anymore. And that we’re going to get through this OK.” Source – cbc.ca

The Canadian Forces state 35 soldiers with the Lord Strathcona’s Horse soldiers, based in Edmonton but now redeployed to Vernon B.C., to help in disaster reconstruction, will visit Princeton mid-afternoon on Wednesday.

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They’ll instantly start sandbagging and strengthening blocks before the latest forecast rains pelted the region in the following 48 hours. Sweeping streets and houses of mud, left by the previous week’s flooding, is also a foremost priority.

The army could be reinforced with more troops and supplies if requirements boost.

Mayor Coyne formally asked for military support the previous weekend and has scrutinised the rural and federal answer to one of the most dangerous flooding disasters in the area on the account.

“It kind of made me feel like no one was listening to us,” Coyne stated. Source – cbc.ca

“And that’s something that happens a lot to rural communities: we get ignored. So I don’t know who’s responsible if it was B.C. Minister of Public Safety Farnworth, or if it was someone in Ottawa, doesn’t matter. Thank you to them.” Source – cbc.ca

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