Travel restrictions to provide essential services to flood-affected parts of BC as Ottawa approves aid – BC News

Travel restrictions are coming

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BC Premier John Horgan says travel restrictions will be introduced to ensure that essential goods and medical and emergency services can reach communities affected by unprecedented floods and landslides.

Meanwhile, the first of what could be hundreds of Canadian Armed Forces personnel has arrived in British Columbia to help with floods and landslides and recovery.

A statement from the Canadian Joint Operations Command Center said nine members of Edmonton’s third Canadian Division immediate response unit are now in the province to plan and coordinate ongoing relief efforts.

The statement says the exact size of the expected contingent is not yet available, but it says armed forces have been “identified and put on high alert to respond.”

A Hercules plane arrived in Edmonton last night and is on its way to depart for BC, joining a Griffon helicopter that also comes from Edmonton and a Cyclone helicopter from CFB Esquimalt on Vancouver Island.

Defense Minister Anita Anand says more troops will be sent to help the hardest hit communities.

Crews will continue to search through debris left by landslides along Highway 99 near Lillooet and Highway 7 near Agassiz to determine if any vehicles were trapped below.

No body was found Wednesday, but at least two people are still reported missing.

BC Agriculture Secretary Lana Popham says thousands of livestock died as parts of the Fraser Valley flooded, and efforts are underway to develop routes that allow veterinarians access to farms and treat any livestock that may have survived.

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