Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Military Plane Headed for Quebec's Iles-De-la-Madeleine after Storm Cuts Communications

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Military Plane Headed for Quebec's Iles-De-la-Madeleine after Storm Cuts Communications

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Military plane headed to Quebec islands cut off by storm

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QUEBEC - A Canadian Forces plane will be sent Friday to provide relief to residents of the Iles-de-la-Madeleine who have been effectively cut off from the rest of Quebec after a massive wind storm hit Wednesday.

Residents of the islands are able to call each other, but they cannot call the mainland because two underwater cables were damaged as winds of up to 130 km/h and rough seas battered the islands.

The only working phone is a satellite phone at the Quebec provincial police detachment. No boats are able to reach land before Friday, and the airport is closed because communications in the control tower have been knocked out.

Public Security Minister Genevieve Guilbault said Thursday afternoon the emergency was beyond the provincial government's capacity to respond so it was necessary to turn to Ottawa. …

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