Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Hundreds of Extra Troops Sent to Quebec as Feds Warn about More Floods in B.C

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Hundreds of Extra Troops Sent to Quebec as Feds Warn about More Floods in B.C

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Hundreds more soldiers to help with floods

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OTTAWA - The military is deploying hundreds of additional soldiers to help with flood-relief efforts in Quebec, even as the federal government warns about more flooding in British Columbia.

The extra help to Quebec comes as water levels have started to recede in many parts of the province, where more than 2,700 people were forced from their homes over the past week.

Updating reporters on the federal government's response to the flooding, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said 470 army reservists from Ottawa, Toronto and London were expected to be in Quebec by the end of the day.

The reservists were expected to join -- and in some cases replace -- the approximately 1,800 military personnel already on the ground helping fill sandbags, evacuating residents and providing other help.

Sajjan said the extra soldiers would bring the total number of military personnel on the ground to 2,200 by the end of the day, though officials said that number remains in flux.

A naval frigate is also scheduled to arrive in Montreal on Thursday, Sajjan said, joining dozens of military boats, helicopters, armoured vehicles and engineering equipment already on the scene.

The vessel will serve as a command-and-control centre in the area, one official said, while crew members will provide assistance in Montreal and Trois-Rivieres.

When asked how long the military would stay, Sajjan said it "will always be quick to arrive and slow to leave," adding: "We will only pull out any resources when it's not needed."

Sajjan was joined by Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, who is leading federal flood-relief efforts and warned that while the weather appears to be improving in Quebec, the same can't be said for B.C.

"Rising temperatures, snow melt and thunderstorms are actually expected to worsen the flooding situation over the period immediately ahead," Goodale said.

"We're watching B.C. and the central part of that province very carefully."

Approximately 230 people have already been evacuated from their homes in the province, Goodale added, compared with 2,720 in Quebec.

While the government waits to see what happens in B. …

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