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« on: April 29, 2008, 01:51:14 »
28 Apr 08

Evacuation Resumes for James Bay reserves
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A mass airlift of flood-threatened First Nations in communities on the shore of James Bay resumed yesterday, one day after rain, fog and snow scuttled complex evacuation plans.

About 1,100 people remained in Kashechewan after several successful evacuations of about 130 of the most vulnerable residents, the chief of the beleaguered community said in a phone interview late in the day.

"It progressed smoothly with small delays here and there, but everything went well," said Chief Jonathon Solomon.

"We're moving to the general evacuation."

More than a dozen aircraft – civilian and military – were being pressed into service (Emphasis added), and Indian and Northern Affairs Minister Chuck Strahl said the government was monitoring the situation.

"The priority of all partners is to ensure that community members are evacuated quickly and safely," said Strahl in a statement, adding that Defence Minister Peter MacKay had ordered Canadian military planes to help with evacuations.

Plans for the airlift were made because the rapidly rising Albany River was threatening to flood the low-lying communities.

Large blocks of ice on the river had also damaged protective dikes in Fort Albany, increasing the risk to that community and to nearby Kashechewan, an already flood-prone area.

Strahl also said he's encouraged that it appears the dike in Kashechewan – which he says Ottawa has invested $3.5 million into since 2006 – appears to be doing its job.

Despite some initial optimism, water levels remained high yesterday morning. "They have not receded and the ice has not broken up on our side of the community," Solomon said.

Earlier yesterday, Patrice Cloutier of the Ministry of Public Safety said the weather had improved sufficiently to allow 97 people to be flown from Fort Albany to Moosonee, en route to Kapuskasing.

Those taken from Kashechewan in yesterday's airlift were flown to Greenstone, Ont.

About 250 residents of Kashechewan were evacuated Friday, but only 47 got out Saturday before worsening weather conditions grounded the planes.

That left about 1,800 people in Kashechewan and Fort Albany anxiously awaiting their turn.

Residents were being airlifted to several host communities across the north of the province, as well to Stratford in the south.

This is the fourth flood-driven evacuation of Kashechewan since 2004, but the first time Fort Albany has been threatened in this way.


Flood Evacuees Arrive (VIDEO)
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The first of up to a thousand evacuees from Northern Ontario have arrived in Stratford today.
They've been displaced because of flooding near their communities of Kashechewan and Fort Albany.

Sarah Mcgrath has more on the the last minute preperations of this massive evacuation.



If you look closely in the video, you can see the Air Force is using the C-130 Hercules aircraft to aid in the evacuation of First Nations citizens from flood waters in the James Bay area. I'm currently living in the Stratford area until I'm out west for the summer. Quite a sight seeing a C-130 landing at CMN4. Kudos to our Air personnel for their help in the evacuation.

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Re: First Nations citizens evacuated from floods in James Bay
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2008, 07:20:11 »
Here's the official CF statement from 26 Apr 08:

Canadian Forces Assist Evacuation in Northern Ontario

"TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 26, 2008) - The Government of Canada is deploying Canadian Forces (CF) aircraft to northern Ontario to assist provincial authorities with the evacuation of residents in Kashechewan, Fort Albany, and possibly other locations along the James Bay and Hudson Bay coastline where water levels are rising rapidly.

Helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft will be used to assist Emergency Management Ontario, the Ministry of Natural Resources, and local officials who began evacuations along the Albany River yesterday.

"The Government's first priority is the safety and security of Canadians. On any given day, thousands of Forces' personnel stand ready to help fellow Canadians in times of need," said the Honourable Peter Gordon MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.

"Canada Command was created just over two years ago to ensure a clear focus on Canada and continental North America in terms of Canadian Forces domestic operations," said Lt.-Gen Marc Dumais, Commander, Canada Command. "My command's six regional task forces continuously monitor developments in all parts of Canada and remain in close contact with other government authorities."

Four CH-146 Griffon helicopters, one CH-149 Cormorant helicopter, two CC-130 Hercules aircraft, and approximately 40 CF personnel, mostly air crew, from Canadian Forces bases Borden, Goose Bay, Greenwood, Petawawa, Shearwater, Trenton, and Valcartier, will deploy to northern Ontario.

Evacuated residents will be moved to other communities in the region until it is deemed safe for them to return to their homes.

Joint Task Force Central, headquartered in Toronto and responsible for the Ontario region, is leading Canada Command's response to Emergency Management Ontario's request for assistance."

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Re: First Nations citizens evacuated from floods in James Bay
« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2008, 07:24:50 »
I was nominated for a 24 hour notice to move QRF to go to James Bay.  Someone who really wanted to go, volunteered to take my place.  I didn't fight him about it....

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Re: First Nations citizens evacuated from floods in James Bay
« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2008, 13:54:18 »
Now if we could just throw in a Globemaster as well...

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Re: First Nations citizens evacuated from floods in James Bay
« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2008, 14:02:12 »
I really don't understand why we keep sending / allowing people to go back to Kasheshewan & Fort Albany.... throw in Atawapiskat for good measure..... Isn't it time to bulldoze all three communities into the ground and build something better..... on high ground.

Provide water, provide sewers - build a good sized town that could be sustainable over the long term. ???
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Re: First Nations citizens evacuated from floods in James Bay
« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2008, 21:18:33 »
Evacuation from there is pretty much a routine event. I saw a clip on the news that there's no plan to move the communities. Doesn't make much sense to leave them there as flooding causes problems with such regularity but who knows. I've been up there and most of the land is very low and it's important to have the communities on the river so maybe there is no better site.
But not lately. If I could do it all over again I would  change one thing.

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Re: First Nations citizens evacuated from floods in James Bay
« Reply #6 on: April 29, 2008, 21:28:29 »
Been up there too... many, many times over a period of 15 years..... same problem every time!

Nothing that you couldn't solve with several jerry cans of gas & some matches..... but, that's my "not DS" solution to the  problem
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Re: First Nations citizens evacuated from floods in James Bay
« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2008, 02:55:06 »
It appears the flying portion of the support will be tapering off soon, while the Canadian Rangers step up....

Canadian Forces Continue to Assist Flood Victims in Northern Ontario
CF News release, 01 May 01 08, 17:22 ET
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TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 1, 2008) - In response to a request for assistance from provincial authorities, Canadian Forces (CF) aircrews evacuated approximately 1 000 residents from the First Nations communities of Kashechewan, Fort Albany, and Attiwapiskat after the region recently experienced heavy flooding. Codenamed Operation CRATOS, the airlift has concluded and focus has now shifted to the provision of ground support by the Canadian Rangers.

Seven Canadian Rangers and two Canadian Ranger instructors are now providing assistance to residents of Attawapiskat including monitoring water levels, conducting fire patrols, and general humanitarian services, with more Rangers on standby should they be needed. The Canadian Rangers are part-time reservists who provide a military presence in remote, isolated and coastal communities of Canada.

"I'm extremely proud of the contribution the men and women of the Canadian Forces have made to the evacuation of these communities, said the Honourable Peter Gordon MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. "Their continuing efforts to ensure a safe and secure environment will no doubt ease the return for residents of these towns."

"The Canadian Forces always stand ready to serve Canadians in need," said Lieutenant-General Marc Dumais, Commander of Canada Command. "This week, a number of communities across Canada have been challenged by severe weather and I am proud that the CF were able to alleviate the distress of residents of Kashechewan, Fort Albany, and Attiwapiskat. With the ongoing support of the Canadian Rangers, I hope that people can regain their lives with as little disruption as possible."

Under Operation CRATOS, the CF airlifted 1 000 people to Moosenee, Kapuskasing, Hearst, Stratford, Sault Ste. Marie, and Thunder Bay, Ont. between 27 and 29 April, using a combination of fixed and rotary wing aircraft:

- Two CC-130 Hercules aircraft from Trenton, Ont. and Greenwood, N.S.;
- Seven CH-146 Griffon helicopters from Kingston and Petawawa, Ont, and Valcartier and Bagotville, Que.;
- One CH-149 Cormorant helicopter from Gander, Nfld; and
- One CH-124 Sea King helicopter from Shearwater, N.S.

Canadian Rangers are dedicated, knowledgeable members of the Canadian Forces who play an important role in advancing public recognition of Canada's First Nations and Inuit groups. There are currently 4,200 Canadian Rangers in 165 communities across Canada but this number is expected to increase to 4,800 by March 2008, as part of the Government of Canada's expansion plan.

Operation CRATOS is still in effect until the end of flooding season in Northern Ontario.

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Re: First Nations citizens evacuated from floods in James Bay
« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2008, 08:05:59 »
It appears the flying portion of the support will be tapering off soon, while the Canadian Rangers step up....

Canadian Forces Continue to Assist Flood Victims in Northern Ontario
CF News release, 01 May 01 08, 17:22 ET
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Canadian Rangers are dedicated, knowledgeable members of the Canadian Forces who play an important role in advancing public recognition of Canada's First Nations and Inuit groups. There are currently 4,200 Canadian Rangers in 165 communities across Canada but this number is expected to increase to 4,800 by March 2008, as part of the Government of Canada's expansion plan.

Mmmm..... Gov't mathematics ;D
on 1 May 08 declare that the rangers currently have 4200 personnel AND
that by March 08, they'll have 4800 personnel !  ???  !  WTF
Are they off by one year ... should be 2009 OR did they lose 600 people between march & april ???
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CF Domestic Disaster Relief Ops (merged)
« Reply #9 on: September 24, 2010, 12:45:44 »
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The Department of National Defence was preparing Friday to help Newfoundland communities devastated by Hurricane Igor, CBC News has learned.

A DND official said the department was "pre-positioning resources" in case it gets "a request for assistance."

Three naval ships were being readied to depart at short notice once such a request is received, loaded with Sea King helicopters, generators, supplies and personnel to reach stranded Newfoundlanders whose roads were washed out by Tuesday's massive flooding.

The move came as Prime Minister Stephen Harper set out to survey some of the worst damage brought to eastern Newfoundland by Hurricane Igor, which experts now describe as a historic weather disaster.

Meanwhile, an official at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown in New Brunswick confirmed it has sent 12 members of its reconnaissance team to the province ....
More here.

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“The Government of Canada, the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Forces continue to closely monitor the effects and impact of Tropical Storm Igor as the storm system moves away from our Eastern coast.  I spoke with Premier Danny Williams Tuesday and assured him that the Canadian Forces stand ready to respond should the support of its personnel, equipment and specialized capabilities be needed to help the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Canadian Forces have Provincial Liaison Officers working within, or in regular contact with, the respective Emergency Measures Organizations of all Atlantic provinces.  The Canadian Forces have not received any requests for support, but we continue to stand ready to provide assistance, if required.

I join all Canadians in sending the people of Newfoundland and Labrador, and all of Atlantic Canada, our best wishes.  We know they will stand together and provide each the support for which Canadians are known." 
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Re: CF Helping in Hurricaine Igor Zone
« Reply #10 on: September 24, 2010, 16:19:23 »
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/100924/national/cda_tropical_weather

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Military will help hurricane cleanup efforts

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ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - The military has been deployed to help with cleanup efforts in eastern Newfoundland in the aftermath of hurricane Igor, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Friday.

After touring two communities that were hit hard by the storm, Harper announced that the Canadian Forces were being deployed after the provincial government requested help with emergency response efforts.

The military will deliver food, water, fuel and medical aid to some communities, and repair bridges and roads where needed, Harper said. Personnel will also remove downed power lines, deliver generators and provide medical evacuations if necessary, he added.

"Newfoundlanders and Labradorians affected by hurricane Igor will face enormous challenges ahead," he said in a statement. "But they are facing the aftermath of the storm with their characteristic resilience and determination."

A Defence Department source says three ships and two helicopters were deployed to the province, with another vessel already docked in St. John's.

Earlier in the day, Harper and Premier Danny Williams saw first-hand some of the damage in the communities of Trouty and Britannia.

In communities from St. John's to central Newfoundland, neighbours were helping each other through a third full day without electricity or water as work crews struggled to repair massive craters in washed-out roads.

Michael Davis owns a construction company and lives in scenic Port Blandford, N.L., a tiny community just south of Terra Nova National Park. His house lost power and water as the ferocity of hurricane Igor descended Tuesday morning.

"I have no water, no sewer, no anything," he said as he watched a dump truck pour another load of gravel along a crumbling stretch of road.

Those few residents who have had electricity restored have thrown open their doors to let their neighbours shower, Davis said.

Others have helped pump out basements and clear widespread debris from trees that scattered like matchsticks in winds that reached more than 100 km/h.

"Everybody's helping each other out," Davis said. "However they can."

Widespread flooding in the community overwhelmed culverts, filled basements, swept chunks of road away and has left a daunting cleanup job that will take months if not years, Davis said.

A nearby service station only had electricity Friday thanks to a generator loudly humming outside.

When the storm pounded the province Tuesday, it brought up to 240 millimetres of rain that chewed away at roads, washing some of them away. An 80-year-old man was swept to sea by a torrent of water.

The provincial government was expected to provide an update later Friday on the scope of damage and how the rebuilding will proceed.

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Re: CF Helping in Hurricaine Igor Zone
« Reply #11 on: September 24, 2010, 16:45:22 »
This from the PM's Office, highlights mine:
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Prime Minister Stephen Harper today expressed support for the people of Newfoundland and Labrador as they recover from Hurricane Igor.  The Prime Minister toured areas affected by the hurricane and also announced that the Government of Canada would be deploying the assets and skills of the Canadian Forces to respond to a call for assistance by the province to address critical requirements in the aftermath of the storm.  He was joined by Danny Williams, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Senator Fabian Manning.

“Today, I saw first hand the very serious damage caused by Hurricane Igor,” said the Prime Minister.  “Our Government stands behind Newfoundlanders and Labradorians and we will be dispatching Canadian Forces personnel immediately to the hardest hit areas to provide emergency supplies and to assist local authorities with medical evacuations and the rebuilding of critical infrastructure.”

Prime Minister Harper visited two of the hardest hit communities, Trouty and Britannia, where he met with families, volunteers and authorities dealing with floods as well as damage to roads and bridges.

“Newfoundlanders and Labradorians affected by Hurricane Igor will face enormous challenges ahead,” added the Prime Minister.  “But they are facing the aftermath of the storm with their characteristic resilience and determination.”

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As a result of Hurricane Igor, the Central, Eastern and Avalon areas of the Newfoundland have experienced the worst damage in history. Over 80 communities in two of the province’s major peninsulas – the Bonavista and Burin – are isolated and are running low of essential supplies with access to emergency services severely hampered by damage to roads and bridges.

Given the situation, the province of Newfoundland and Labrador has requested federal assistance to support current provincial emergency response efforts to deal with the aftermath of the hurricane.

Following rapid deliberation, the Government of Canada determined that the assets and skills of the Canadian Forces are best suited for the task. In keeping with Section 273.6(1) of the National Defence Act, Canadian Forces personnel will be deployed immediately to the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador to help address flooding and wind damage. More specifically they will help local authorities:

    * deliver critical supplies such as food, water, medical supplies and fuel;
    * repair bridges and roads as needed;
    * provide medical evacuations as needed;
    * lift power line poles;
    * transport power crews and equipment to effect repairs of the power grid in isolated communities; transport engineering analysis teams as required; and,
    * deliver generators and fuel to main communication nodes.

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Re: CF Helping in Hurricaine Igor Zone
« Reply #12 on: September 24, 2010, 17:16:39 »
Here are some photos of storm damage. I don't own the photos, I am just posting the link that was sent to me.
Igor Damage
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Re: CF Helping in Hurricaine Igor Zone
« Reply #13 on: September 24, 2010, 18:45:17 »
Off to Newfoundland for bridging operation


A military convoy from CFB Gagetown in Oromocto, N.B., passed through the county on Friday afternoon on its way to Newfoundland to assist with reconstruction efforts following hurricane Igor's devastation to the island. Stellarton native Cpl. Blake Roach

A military convoy from CFB Gagetown in Oromocto, N.B., passed through the county on Friday afternoon on its way to Newfoundland to assist with reconstruction efforts following hurricane Igor's devastation to the island. Stellarton native Cpl. Blake Roach was driving one of the lead vehicles and he said they were told late Thursday evening that they would be deployed. He said there were about 130 troops travelling in the convoy that was made up of more than 30 vehicles. Roach added that they were told they could be in Newfoundland for up to two weeks as part of "mostly a bridging operation." Ray Burns - The News

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Re: CF Helping in Hurricaine Igor Zone
« Reply #14 on: September 24, 2010, 18:51:21 »
N.S. sailors to help Newfoundland
Ships, helicopters en route to repair hurricane damage
Last Updated: Friday, September 24, 2010 | 6:35 PM AT
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The Halifax-based HMCS Montreal is said to be preparing to head to Newfoundland. (CBC)

Sailors from CFB Halifax are heading to Newfoundland to help repair the destruction brought by Hurricane Igor.

On Friday afternoon, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that Canada's navy and army would be pitching in to assist damaged communities.

Harper spoke while visiting storm-ravaged towns in Newfoundland's Trinity Bay.

The Newfoundland and Labrador government is unofficially expecting the tally of Igor's damage to reach $100 million.

Soldiers and sailors will be supplying power and delivering supplies to stranded Newfoundlanders whose roads were washed out by Tuesday's flooding.

The Department of National Defence provided few details, but CBC News learned that three Halifax-based vessels are en route to Newfoundland.

The frigate HMCS St. John's was on fishery patrol and has been diverted to the island.

HMCS Fredericton was on its way back to Halifax after a month-long tour of the Great Lakes, but now it's going to Newfoundland.

The coastal defense vessel HMCS Moncton was also at sea but has been redirected to Newfoundland.

The three ships will be joined by at least two Sea King helicopters.

HMCS Montreal was still in Halifax Friday afternoon, but sources told CBC News that crews spent most of Thursday loading it with supplies to take to Newfoundland.

It was not confirmed when it would leave Nova Scotia.

Canada's East Coast navy regularly helps the victims of natural disasters. HMCS Athabaskan and HMCS Halifax were sent to Haiti to help in the relief effort following the devastating earthquake that rocked that country.


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Re: CF Helping in Hurricaine Igor Zone
« Reply #15 on: September 25, 2010, 18:39:01 »
http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/TopStories/20100925/igor-newfounland-100925/

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Military ships, helicopters and trucks arrived in Newfoundland Saturday, bringing equipment and personnel to help people stranded in coastal communities pummeled by hurricane Igor.

The military support arrived as RCMP confirmed that a body found buried under debris on a beach was that of 80-year-old Allan Duffett, who was swept out to sea when the road beneath him collapsed in the Random Island area, about 100 kilometres northwest of St. John's.

Igor struck eastern Newfoundland with winds as high as 170 kilometres per hour and rainfall in some places of more than 200 millimetres Tuesday.

At the height of the storm, power was out to more than 50,000 people and 30 communities had declared a state of emergency. Power lines were toppled and roads throughout the region were washed out or submerged.

Several thousand residents were still without power Saturday, but Newfoundland and Labrador Transportation Minister Tom Hedderson says the recovery effort is making "steady progress."

"Municipalities from all reports seem to be coping very, very well with their respective issues," Hedderson said at a news conference in St. John's Saturday.

"We've been in contact now with upwards of 200 municipalities, and, again, we seem to be able to get from them that they are coping very, very well."

As the cleanup continues, the deputy commander of Canada's Land Force Atlantic Area, Brig.-Gen. Tony Stack, says his troops are there to provide support.

The provincial government, Stack said, "has achieved a great deal in a very short time."

Based out of the hard-hit community of Clarenville, four regiments of army engineers will focus first on rebuilding a pair of bridges in the Burin and Bonavista Peninsulas.

Three ships, the HMCS St. John's, the HCMS Fredericton and the HMCS Montreal are currently off the coast supporting Sea King helicopter operations. But Stack noted the operation has the full support of the Department of National Defence.

That means a host of untapped capabilities are on standby, Stack explained. "When we get tasked by the provincial government then we'll utilize that as well."

Hedderson told reporters the military presence "gives us a sense of security that we can fall back, especially with the capacity for water," he said. "We're certainly looking forward to working with them, and what it adds is a dimension of getting to some of these areas and isolated communities quicker and getting them on stream."

During a visit to the region on Friday, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said the military will deliver aid and food, water, fuel and medical aid to some communities, and repair bridges and roads where needed. Personnel will also remove downed power lines, deliver generators and provide medical evacuations if necessary, he added.

"I've never seen any flooding like this. I've never seen damage like this in Canada," the prime minister said during a visit with N.L. Premier Danny Williams to the town of Trouty. "It's a pretty tough cleanup going on here."

Atlantic Canada's hurricane season generally runs from June through November.

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Re: CF Helping in Hurricaine Igor Zone
« Reply #16 on: September 25, 2010, 18:40:22 »

Military begins Igor deployment
Fewer than 2,600 still lack electricity, Newfoundland Power says
Last Updated: Saturday, September 25, 2010 | 5:49 PM NT .
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Military relief is arriving in Newfoundland and the lights are coming back on in the wake of Hurricane Igor.


HMCS Fredericton prepares to leave St. John's harbour for Random Island on Bonavista Peninsula. (CBC)
 
Canadian Forces soldiers have arrived to begin relief work in areas devastated by last Tuesday's devastating storm.

The military's Operation Llama will focus on rebuilding two key bridges to the Burin and Bonavista Peninsulas. The military also has the capability of providing clean drinking water for those in need.

"We understand that there's a great need out there," said Brig.-Gen. Tony Stack. "We're certainly willing to go to whatever means [are] necessary."

"We feel that we have a good handle" on the reconstruction, said Tom Hedderson, Newfoundland and Labrador's minister of transportation and works. But he cautioned that the situation remains changeable.

"We're not taking any chances here," he said.

Hedderson said the Fogo ferry MV Nonia has been sent to Placentia with gas supplies for the area.

Food and water are also en route to cut-off areas on the peninsulas southwest and northwest of St. John's.

The Canadian navy's HMCS Fredericton arrived in St. John's harbour around 6 a.m. Saturday. After a brief stopover, it set out for Random Island, one of the areas hit hardest by the hurricane.

HMCS Fredericton will support several specialized helicopters, which are set to speed repairs and work overnight in the island's most damaged areas.

"These assets will support the ability to fly at night and heavy lifting capacity," Hedderson said.

"Looking at the resources that we had — because obviously we need all the support that we can get — the gap that we saw was nighttime, especially as it applies to isolated communities.".

Two more navy ships and at least two Sea King helicopters have also been sent to the island, loaded with generators, fuel, food and water.

The provincial government has also stationed one of its ferries and two helicopters at Clarenville. They will be dedicated to getting supplies to isolated communities on the Bonavista Peninsula.

Lt.-Cmdr. Pierre Babinsky told CBC News the Canadian Forces had been expecting the call to provide emergency relief in Newfoundland.

Military personnel will handle any assignment they are given, from supplying power to delivering supplies to stranded Newfoundlanders whose roads were washed out by Tuesday's flooding, Babinsky said.

Power being restored
Bob Pike of Newfoundland Power said fewer than 2,600 households were still without power Saturday morning.

That number included as many as 1,500 in the metro St. John's area, including "tangly areas," such as Thomas Street in the west end of the city, Pike said.

Many on the hammered Bonavista Peninsula now have their power back, Pike said.

Newfoundland Power cautioned there may be more temporary disruptions as crews try to strengthen lines against coming fall winds but said these should last only minutes.

"Some customers may find their power out … that's a control thing," Pike said.

Politicians tour devastated communities
On Friday, Prime Minister Stephen Harper surveyed some of the worst damage wrought in eastern Newfoundland by Hurricane Igor, which meteorologists now describe as a historic weather disaster.

Harper, who has already offered federal emergency assistance to the province, visited Trouty and Britannia, two Trinity Bay communities that were among Igor's casualties.

Premier Danny Williams, who joined Harper and Senator Fabian Manning's tour, said the level of damage he'd seen Wednesday was shocking, particularly at Random Island, a 35-kilometre-long island nestled into the west side of Trinity Bay.

Williams visited Britannia, where 80-year-old Alan Duffett was swept away to the sea with rock and debris when a road gave way beneath his feet during the height of Tuesday's storm. Duffett's body was recovered Saturday.

"When we finally got down to the area of the island where the gentleman lost his life, that was just a terrible scene," Williams said. "It was completely gouged and torn away."

The Newfoundland and Labrador government is unofficially expecting the tally of Igor's damage to reach $100 million.

While emergency road connections are being made, Williams said long-term solutions will take time. "It's going to be a month, three weeks to a month, before we get all the transportation issues dealt with," he said.

Worst storm in recent era
Igor, which crumbled highways and bridges and knocked out power to tens of thousands of people, left thousands of people still stranded Friday, with shortages of gas, food and other supplies becoming increasingly pronounced.

"There are no hurricanes/post-tropical events of this magnitude striking Newfoundland in the modern era," Environment Canada said in a statement.

"In statistical terms, this was effectively a 50- to 100-year event, depending on how one chooses to define it."
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Re: CF Helping in Hurricaine Igor Zone
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'Sense of security' from military involvement, Hedderson — Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram
Brig.-Gen. Tony Stack and Transportation Minister Tom Hedderson hold a joint news conference to update Hurricane Igor clean up efforts.
Published on September 25th, 2010


The Canadian Forces' involvement in the cleanup of the aftermath of hurricane Igor should give people in this province a “sense of security,” says Transportation Minister Tom Hedderson.


— Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram
Brig.-Gen. Tony Stack and Transportation Minister Tom Hedderson hold a joint news conference to update Hurricane Igor clean up efforts.


Hedderson and Brig.-Gen. Tony Stack spoke to the media Saturday afternoon at the Fire and Emergency Services office in St. John’s about the cleanup efforts and military involvement.

The province has commissioned its ferries to bring supplies to areas that are still cut off, Hedderson explained.

The MV Nonia has recently arrived in Marystown with 80,000 litres of fuel and when the boat returns it will be stocked with food and sent back, while the MV Island Joiner is going up and down the coast of Bonavista Bay handing out supplies.

Hedderson said communities seem to coping in the wake of Igor.

“We are making steady progress in our recovery efforts. Municipalities from all reports seem to be coping very, very well with their respective issues,” he said. “We’ve been in contact now with upwards of 200 municipalities, and, again, we seem to be able to get from them that they are coping very, very well.”

Stack explained that there are three navy ships offshore including the HMCS St. John’s, the HCMS Fredericton and the HMCS Montreal, which is en route to take part in “Operation Lama” — the Forces’ standing contingency plan for hurricane relief.

Stack said four regiments of engineers4 Engineer Support Regiment, totally 140 personnel, have also landed at Argentia and are getting their bearings before spreading out to affected communities.

Those engineers are primarily in place to help rebuild bridges — including bridges on the Bonavista and Burin peninsulas — and to deliver fresh water where it’s needed, he said.

Stack praised the province’s response and said the military is here to support provincial efforts.

“What we bring is an additional capability to what they have, and we are totally and completely responsive to the needs of the province. We take our lead from Fire and Emergency Services here. All requests for support get funneled through this organization here and we are completely responsive to that.”

The naval fleet has more than 600 personnel available, though those crews are really there to help support the Sea King helicopters, which will be based out of Gander.

Though Hedderson said the province has a good handle on the reconstruction, he said they aren’t taking any chances.

“We’re pleased to have (the military) because it gives us a sense of security that we can fall back, especially with the capacity for water,” said Hedderson. “We’re certainly looking forward to working with them, and what it adds is a dimension of getting to some of these areas and isolated communities quicker and getting them on stream.”

One of the gaps in provincial capability that the military will be able to provide, said Hederson, is nighttime flying.

“We already knew that that was a capability of the Canadian forces, and we immediately made that request, and also put a caveat on that we would be keeping them on call in case we needed others,” he said.

Stack said the Canadian Forces are committed to doing whatever they can to provide relief to isolated communities.

“We’ve got a lot of people that have done this of professional work all over the world, and we’re just really happy to be able to do it for our own people in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, realizing that Newfoundland-Labradorians have great resilience. They’re getting on with sorting themselves out and helping their own situation, but we’re certainly willing to go to whatever means necessary to bring assistance.”

Hedderson also provided updates on road connections:

— The Long Pond Bridge on the Burin Peninsula is expected to be complete late Monday

— Rattle Brook Bridge expected to be completed midday Sunday

— Connection to the town of Bonavista is expected by midday Sunday with light traffic only through Port Rexton

— Some communities on Route 235 on Bonavista Peninsula may be connected within the next couple of days, but won’t all be connected for at least another week

— Random Island is now reconnected

— Eastport Peninsula is now connected

— Stock Cove Road on the Bonavista Peninsula expected to be connected by Sunday evening

— Sunnyside is connected

— Route 205 to St. Jones is connected, though some roads within the community are still severed

— Route 204 to Hodges Cove will be completed late Saturday with the remainder of the route through to Southport likely to take several more days

— Route 232 to Harvourt expected to be connected later today with the remainder of Route 232 through to Burgoynes Cove likely to take several more days to a week.

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Canadian Forces help clean-up after Hurricane Igor
« Reply #18 on: September 27, 2010, 14:02:11 »
ST. JOHN'S, NFLD. (NEWS1130) - Many towns in Newfoundland are still without clean supplies, as the Canadian Forces provide 24/7 clean-up now that Hurricane Igor has passed.

With winds as strong as 170 kilometres an hour and rainfall in some places of more than 200 millimetres, many communities have been left without fresh water, food or gas.

Matthew Riggs, is a reporter with VOCM in St. John's, Newfoundland.  He says this was nothing compared to Tropical Storm Chantal and Hurricane Earl during the summer.  "It's simply unbelievable the level of damage.  Actually, we did a story there's an estimated $75 million worth of damage.  I don't think it's anything that people in this province have seen for a long, long time."

Engineers are among many of the military personnel there to help rebuild.  At its peak 60,000 customers were without power.  An 80-year-old man was swept out to sea by the waves on Random Island, off Newfoundland's east coast. The RCMP confirmed his body was found on Saturday buried under debris.
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Re: Canadian Forces help clean-up after Hurricane Igor
« Reply #19 on: September 27, 2010, 15:06:05 »
A CTV journalist (mainland variety) reported that there was nothing for the CF to do, so they were just sitting around. The clip appears to have been pulled and replaced with a shot of a huge gap where a bridge used to be, along with a statement by an officer that a bridge would be constructed.

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Re: CF Helping in Hurricaine Igor Zone
« Reply #20 on: September 27, 2010, 16:21:07 »
I heard that clip, when he said that, I knew he was talking out of his arse and clicked off the link.

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CF OP LAMA Backgrounder Posted ....
« Reply #21 on: September 28, 2010, 07:13:23 »
.... here:
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Operation LAMA (A) 02-10 is the Canadian Forces (CF) joint response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Igor to
southern and eastern Newfoundland on 21 September 2010. Hurricane Igor caused widespread damage across parts of
eastern Newfoundland on Tuesday, 21 Sept 10, as heavy rains flooded communities, washed out roads and stranded
some residents in their homes. Most heavily hit were the Burin and Bonne Vista Peninsulas.

Led by Canada Command and conducted through Joint Task Force Atlantic (JTFA) this domestic humanitarian relief
mission incorporated Canadian Forces land, maritime and air assets to deliver much needed assistance to isolated
Newfoundland communities cut off by severe road damage. More than 1,000 members from the Air, Land and Maritime
components of theCF were engaged in multiple tasks on Op LAMA (A) 02-10, including: delivering critical supplies
such as food, water, medical supplies and fuel; providing medical evacuation; assisting in moving power crews and
materials to repair power grids; delivering generators and re-supplying fuel to main communications nodes; assisting
with bridging and road repair and transporting engineering analysis teams ....
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Re: CF Helping in Hurricaine Igor Zone
« Reply #22 on: October 07, 2010, 14:56:08 »

 


 
These were taken in Bonavista Newfoundland during & after the Igor storm. They are much more telling than the images we saw on TV news.



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Re: CF Helping in Hurricaine Igor Zone
« Reply #23 on: October 12, 2010, 09:55:48 »
Random, but relevant, question here. Do they (units from Gagetown) have measures in place to make sure no Newfoundland soil finds its back to New Brunswick?
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Re: CF Helping in Hurricaine Igor Zone
« Reply #24 on: October 12, 2010, 10:06:36 »
Yes they do.

When equipment is moved to any location outside of the "Home Base" it is always put through a thorough wash.  It is washed before leaving Gagetown, and washed again before leaving Newfoundland.  This process has always been in effect.
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