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Armed Forces to help flood relief efforts in BC

Armed Forces to help flood relief efforts in B.C. The federal government confirms it will send in the Canadian Armed Forces to help with flood relief efforts in B.C.

'Troops are deploying to the affected areas and will provide assistance with evacuations,' minister says

The Kettle River near Grand Forks, B.C., peaked last Thursday at 60 centimetres over record levels set in 1948. (Regional District of Kootenay Boundary)

The federal government has confirmed it will send in the Canadian Armed Forces to help with flood relief efforts in B.C.

"Troops are deploying to the affected areas and will provide assistance with evacuations, help protect key assets from flood damage and bolster sandbagging efforts," said a statement issued by Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale on Thursday morning.

"British Columbians can rest assured that help will be provided as soon as possible."

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A spokesperson for Goodale said the details of how many troops will be deployed and where are being discussed and details will be announced shortly.

No details yet on deployment

B.C. Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth confirmed the troops are on the way, but could not say yet how many are coming and exactly where they will be deployed.

"I expect they will arrive very quickly," said Farnworth on Thursday morning. "They will be sent to areas of greatest need.... They will send more if we need them."

Volunteers in Grand Forks and other flooded communities say they are exhausted and need support after a week sandbagging to hold back floodwaters. (Rafferty Baker/CBC)

The troops will help with evacuations, sandbagging and recovery efforts, he said, and will stay long enough to get through the next round of flooding.

Schools closed as rivers rise

Meanwhile, elementary and secondary students across the Boundary region of south-central B.C. won't be in class today as that area braces for another round of flooding.

School District 51 says its 10 schools and the development centre will be closed today. The district advises parents and students to check online for further updates as they prepare to return from the Victoria Day long weekend.

  • Check the B.C. River Forecast Centre predictions.
  • Check the latest flo od warnings and advisories.
  • Check the latest evacuation alerts and warnings.
  • Check the latest road closures.

"Due to the potential repeat flooding and road closures, all schools will be closed and school buses will not be running in School District No. 51 on Thursday," said a statement on the district website.

Rapid snowmelt, coupled with rain and possible downpours from thundershowers, are expected to cause another round of flooding, and special weather statements calling for as much as 40 centimetres of rain have been posted from the Okanagan east to the Alberta boundary.

Online emergency information provider EmergencyInfoBC says rising river levels around the province have prompted evacuation orders or alerts across eight regional districts and in 13 municipalities, communities or First Nations.

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