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Ministers Blaney and Nicholson Commend Joint Relief Efforts in Response to Flooding in Manitoba

OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 07/11/14 -- The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and the Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of National Defence, made the following statement today regarding Government of Canada support in response to the flooding in Manitoba.

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"Keeping Canadians safe is a responsibility shared by all levels of government, first responders and communities. I would like to thank the Canadian Armed Forces, the province of Manitoba, first responders and all volunteers, for their dedication and tireless efforts in responding to the impacts of the flooding in Manitoba. Our Government will continue to help Canadians recover from natural disasters."

--  The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency
    Preparedness

"My thoughts and prayers continue to be with those who have been affected by the recent flooding. I commend the efforts of our brave men and women in uniform who provided assistance to those in need in Manitoba. Their tireless efforts thus far are an excellent example of the continued perseverance and skills of our Canadian Armed Forces. I can assure Manitobans that our troops continue to be engaged and ready to respond, should their assistance be required."

--  The Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of National Defence

Quick facts

--  In response to the flooding in Manitoba, the Government Operations
    Centre played a leadership role in coordinating the federal support to
    the province of Manitoba.
--  Approximately 500 CAF members of the Immediate Response Unit led by 1st
    Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, deployed to support the
    province's flood efforts.
--  The Department of National Defence also provided aerial overview and
    ensured additional air assets were on standby.
--  The Canadian Red Cross dispatched response teams to the area, delivering
    water and clean-up supplies, food and clothing to 800 displaced or
    affected persons, and supported the province in outreach, personal
    services and registration at the reception centre.
--   Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada worked with the
    affected First Nations communities including those that were evacuated.
--  Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada liaised with Manitoba Agriculture to
    identify and address potential crop loss and crop insurance issues.
--  Environment Canada provided weather forecasting services to the province
    and water gauge reading on flood affected rivers and tributaries.
--  Industry Canada supported the province in ensuring telecommunications
    services resumed in affected areas with outages.
--  Natural Resources Canada provided Radarsat-2 imagery.

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Contacts:
Jean-Christophe de Le Rue
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Public Safety
and Emergency Preparedness
613-991-2924

Johanna Quinney
Press Secretary to the Minister of National Defence
(613) 996-3100

Media Relations
Public Safety Canada
613-991-0657
[email protected]

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