As post-tropical storm Fiona enveloped Atlantic Canada after making landfall early Saturday, Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair said the federal government was zoning federal resources to help the following provinces. storm.
Blair told CTV News Channel on Saturday that preparations for the storm began a few days ago “in close coordination” with the provinces.
“It all came together to ensure that we recover as quickly as possible and, to that end, we have worked very closely and received… requests for support from our provincial partners. me,” he said.
The storm’s winds hit Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Îles-de-la-Madeleine and southwestern Newfoundland. According to the Canadian Hurricane Center, gusts peaked at 161km/h on Beaver Island, NS
Officials estimate half a million homes and businesses across the Maritimes lost power on Saturday morning, forcing cities to declare a local state of emergency.
“The cleanup will be extensive and of course our top priority is to make sure everyone is safe and then we will all work together to help rebuild what has been damaged. ‘ said Blair.
Blair said the federal government has been in contact with the leaders of all five affected provinces and that Indigenous Services Canada is working with First Nation communities to secure support.
The federal government is also preparing to deploy strategic airlift vehicles for evacuation, armed forces to help clear debris, and repair hydroelectricity and services, he added.
“We are in direct discussions with Nova Scotia about federal resources from the Coast Guard, Canadian Armed Forces, Parks Canada and Transport Canada,” Blair said.
“We (also) have a Disaster Financial Assistance agreement with the provinces in the aftermath of these natural events, which is very important and crucial are the resources needed to rebuild and recover.” .”
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted his support to the affected provinces on Saturday afternoon.
“Our government stands ready to support the provinces with additional resources,” he wrote.
Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island reported adverse effects of the storm
By Friday night, more than 14,000 homes and businesses in Nova Scotia were in the dark. Most of the power outages were reported in the central part of the province, mainly in the communities of Sackville, Truro and Stellarton.
On Prince Edward Island, more than 1,000 homes and businesses lost power due to winds blowing through the area.
Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston said Saturday he has asked the federal government for military assistance. In addition, Nova Scotia requested the assistance of the Canadian Armed Forces to assist with cleanup and power restoration efforts following the storm.
Nova Scotia Minister John Lohr said: “Fiona was the heaviest rain and wind Nova Scotia has seen in nearly 20 years. The Office of Emergency Management was responsible for a release.
“Through our past experiences with hurricanes like Dorian, we know the military has made a real difference in how quickly we can cut and remove trees, clear debris, and restore power quickly.” how.”
Featuring files from the Canadian Press and CTV News’ Adam Frisk.