The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) have highlighted the help they gave after floods struck regions of Quebec and eastern Ontario this month. Waterways swelled to levels not seen in decades, due to rainfall in April and May that came on top of snow melt that had saturated the ground, said the CAF.
Within an hour of receiving a request for assistance from the government, military liaison officers and reconnaissance elements were co-ordinating with regional centres to determine how to help as part of Operation LENTUS, said the CAF. By May 11, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) had seven aircraft assisting the province: six CH-146 Griffons and one CH-147 Chinook helicopter, providing mobility and flexibility to disaster relief teams.
“What we are seeing here has no precedence” said Captain Jean-Pierre Turcotte in an interview with Julie Marceau broadcast on CBC on 10 May. “I’ve seen the flooding in Manitoba, I’ve seen the Ice Storm and the flooding in the Saguenay but a situation like this … is incomparable."