In response to Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth’s request for federal support to assist British Columbia's work on flooding in B.C., Farnworth has expressed his gratitude and thanks for the federal government’s commitment to help:
“In many parts of the province, spring flooding has been unprecedented. Wildfire crews, local governments and many thousands of volunteers have been working day in and day out to protect our communities. Until this time, the Province has been able to provide the requested support to communities. Now that this event has significantly challenged provincial capacity, I have made a request for assistance.
“From the onset of an emergency, the Province is always communicating with the federal government. Representatives from the Canadian Armed Forces, Environment and Climate Change Canada, and Public Safety Canada have been stationed at our Provincial Emergency Coordination Centre for weeks.
“Following their significant assistance in the 2017 wildfire season, I want to thank the Canadian government yet again for stepping up and offering their support to help British Columbians in our time of need. It’s a welcome relief to get more boots on the ground from the Canadian Forces to support the enormous amount of provincial resources going into managing this disaster.”