Prime Minister Stephen Harper traveled to Calgary today to see first-hand the impact of the floods that are affecting communities across Southern and Central Alberta. He was accompanied by Alison Redford, Premier of Alberta, and Naheed Nenshi, Mayor of Calgary.
“The people of Central and Southern Alberta are showing tremendous strength, courage and resolve in their reaction to the devastating floods in the Alberta regions,” said Prime Minister Harper. “The federal government is taking swift action to help municipal and provincial authorities meet the needs of those affected. Members of the RCMP and the Canadian Armed Forces are already on the ground helping with search and rescue, evacuation and other logistics and our Government stands ready to provide all the support required.”
The Prime Minister also saluted the amazing cooperation, teamwork and humanity being displayed during these very difficult circumstances.
The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) are supporting the flood operations with approximately 1,300 troops, eight helicopters, a military airplane, trucks and other vehicles to assist with evacuation, search and rescue and logistical efforts. Local RCMP detachments have also been providing support to those affected by the flooding.
The Prime Minister also announced that the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements (DFAA) is available to provide financial support to the Province of Alberta for eligible costs. The DFAA is a financial mechanism through which the Government of Canada helps provincial and territorial governments respond and recover from natural disasters.
“Laureen and I would also like to offer our deepest condolences to the families of the victims who have lost their lives in these floods, and also our hope for a quick recovery for anyone who is injured. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time,” said the Prime Minister.
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