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The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) have been called upon to assist those within various communities in Newfoundland and Labrador, after the province was pelted by record-breaking amounts of snow over the weekend.
A request from Premier Dwight Ball was made to the federal government for assistance on Saturday morning. Shortly after, Prime Minister Trudeau took to Twitter to publicly confirm that help was on the way.
Help is on the way. Ministers @BillBlair, @HarjitSajjan, and @SeamusORegan are working with @PremierofNL to make sure people in Newfoundland & Labrador get the support they need. We’ll get through this together. https://t.co/W7nlIuJUr7— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) January 18, 2020
Operations crew are set to begin relief efforts as early as today. Once military aircraft and equipment arrive at St.John’s airport, they will go to the “communities who have been hit the hardest.”
“We stand with Canadians in their time of need. Your community is also our community,” said the CAF on Twitter.
Tasks will include everything from snow removal and providing transportation to warming or emergency centres, to ensuring the elderly and those with health concerns are cared for. In addition, the CAF will help to enhance search and rescue efforts out of Gander, Newfoundland for a missing man.
This evening, the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) has commenced planning and begun activating forces to support the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador following an unprecedented winter storm.— Canadian Armed Forces Operations (@CFOperations) January 19, 2020
According to a special weather alert from Environment Canada, more snow is on its way.
St.John’s and its vicinity are expected to see upwards of 10 centimeters of snowfall today, with blowing snow and even rain anticipated for other areas throughout the province tonight.