ET: Thousands of Canadians have been evacuated from their homes as a result of severe flooding and rising water levels, while thousands more are working to stem the flow of water.
Across the provinces of Quebec, Ontario, and New Brunswick, thawing snow and heavy rain have led to record-high water levels in some places. Thousands of volunteers and residents, as well as the military, have been working to save homes.
The Canadian Armed Forces has deployed troops to help flood-hit regions across all three provinces. More members of the military are involved in fighting flooding in eastern Canada right now than in combat zones overseas.
“We don’t have any limit. It’s all based on the situation. If more are needed, we will always make more troops available,” Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan said.
Authorities have asked homeowners in many of the at-risk areas to evacuate while the roads are still usable.
In Ontario, a state of emergency was declared in the city of Ottawa on April 25 in response to flooding of the Ottawa River, which is expected to continue rising over the next few days.
The state of emergency allows the government to seize land and force evacuations. more
SNIP: We hope our Canadian readers are safe.