Canada Soldiers assessing flood-damaged roads and bridges won't be heaving sandbags

04:31  12 may  2018
04:31  12 may  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

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  Rainfall, warm temperatures bring risk of 'record-setting water levels' Emergency officials are urging anyone in communities such as Grand Lake, Jemseg, Gagetown, Hampstead, Belleisle, Oak Point, Grand Bay-Westfield, Quispamsis and Saint John to be on high alert. "They're still in for significantly more water in the river," he said. "We're potentially looking at a new situation for everyone, we can't just base it on a previous year." Flood forecasts suggest the river will continue to rise this week in those areas, and officials are urging residents to consider leaving before they need to be rescued.

But the troops from the 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown in Oromocto won ' t be heaving heavy sandbags out of homeowners' yards or doing cleanup work that private companies could be hired to do. They are army engineers who will assess the damage to roads and bridges from the

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a person riding on the back of a truck: About 25 soldiers are already on the ground in Grand Bay-Westfield, near Saint John, and a similar number are in the Fredericton area.© Connell Smith/CBC About 25 soldiers are already on the ground in Grand Bay-Westfield, near Saint John, and a similar number are in the Fredericton area.

About 60 soldiers will provide flood relief support to the New Brunswick government in response to a request from Premier Brian Gallant, the Canadian Armed Forces announced on Friday.

But the troops from the 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown in Oromocto won't be heaving heavy sandbags out of homeowners' yards or doing cleanup work that private companies could be hired to do.

They are army engineers who will assess the damage to roads and bridges from the unprecedented flooding in the southern part of the province, and prioritize next steps.

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The soldiers will advise provincial authorities on mitigation measures and assist in planning and co-ordinating relief efforts.

"I am proud to see our members of the Canadian Armed Forces once again responding to help Canadians in their time of need," Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said in a statement.

a man riding on the back of a boat: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited a flood incident command post in Oromocto late Friday afternoon, before heading out on a Canadian Coast Guard vessel to tour affected communities along the St. John River.© CBC Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited a flood incident command post in Oromocto late Friday afternoon, before heading out on a Canadian Coast Guard vessel to tour affected communities along the St. John River.

The flooding, which started more than two weeks ago and reached historic levels, has forced more than 1,600 people from their homes and left devastating damage in its wake, including washed-out roads and water-covered bridges that stranded some residents.

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The Trans-Canada Highway between Fredericton and Moncton was closed for more than a week but reopened Friday morning, with one lane in each direction and reduced speed limits.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in Oromocto late Friday afternoon, visiting an incident command post and touring affected communities along the St. John River with the premier.

Gallant announced on Thursday he had requested the Canadian Armed Forces to conduct a reconnaissance mission to determine what, if any, support it could provide now that the floodwaters have started to slowly recede.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale confirmed in a tweet Thursday night that the federal government would provide support.

Gallant told reporters the agreement came with some "caveats."

"The Canadian Armed Forces personnel — and this is important, I believe, for New Brunswickers affected by the floods to know — will not engage in post-flooding damage cleanup or other such tasks that would place the Canadian Armed Forces in competition with local industry," he said during an unrelated news conference in Moncton on Friday morning.

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The Mississippi River breached more than a dozen levees in the St. Louis, Mo., area Thursday as flooding continued to spread across the Midwest. To mitigate the damage , the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers alone has distributed nearly 13 million sandbags , most of which have been filled and laid

He was sandbagging in preparation for more storms. Peggy Santoro/RGJ. State roads all around Reno were damaged by erosion. Several roads were still flooded , and State transportation department inspectors also assessed state bridges susceptible to erosion because of safety concerns.

The military will not make final determinations as to the "serviceability or safety" of civilian infrastructure either.

That responsibility rests the provincial government, said Gallant.

The soldiers will also assist humanitarian relief personnel and may transport government officials in affected areas, he said.

a tree in a forest: The flood destroyed part of Ragged Point Road in Saint John.© Brett Ruskin/CBC The flood destroyed part of Ragged Point Road in Saint John.

Rear-Admiral Craig Baines, commander of Joint Task Force, Atlantic, said the mission is "a bit more personal" for the team.

"They're deploying to help their neighbours, and the communities close to where they live."

Many of the members have already been volunteering their evenings and weekends to help, said Baines.

"I'm proud to say that this is simply who they are, and what they do."

About 15 members of the 4 Engineer Support Regiment mobilized Friday morning to assess the damage in Grand Bay-Westfield, near Saint John, along with commanding officer Lt.-Col. Chris Cotton.

A larger group was touring Island View, west of Fredericton.

Cotton said they are working "hand-in-hand" with the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure.

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It is estimated around 200 homes have been affected by flood waters. Six main bridges and many smaller ones as well as numerous stretches of road have also suffered damage and there are detours in operation. The soldiers will meet Donegal County Council officials in the morning to assess the

"Clearly, their goal is to bring all the routes online and return the greater area to normalcy, or as close to normal as possible again.

"They have a limited capacity to do that and we are here to assist."

Although the soldiers are concentrating on Grand Bay-Westfield and Island View "in the coming days," they could branch out to other parts of the province, depending on provincial government's needs, said Cotton.

"It will be an ongoing and live assessment of what the military can provide," he said. "If [the footprint] needs to expand or contract will be reassessed every day.

"And if there's roles for other organizations outside ourselves, then certainly we'll be prepared to make those kind of recommendations."

The Gallant government has faced criticism from some residents and the Opposition for not calling in the military sooner.

But provincial and Emergency Measures Organization officials maintained they had the resources they needed during the flood itself.

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