Princeton Mayor calls in the troops as volunteers get prepared for freezing cold

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The mayor of Princeton has literally called in the troops.

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Mayor Spencer Coyne is expected to find out on Monday whether his request for a contingent of members of the Canadian Armed Forces who are already in B.C. will be deployed to Princeton to aid the recovery effort.

“I want manpower. My biggest takeaway is the manpower we have right now,” Coyne said.

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“If you look around this community, it’s amazing how many people are walking around trying to do everything … everyone is working as fast as possible, because we’re going to do it from December 1st.” Trying to do the first, so we don’t freeze.”

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He said that when the temperature drops to -20 degree Celsius then the situation will be worse.

“If we can get manpower, we can take out the goods and we can get people to clean their houses. And hopefully we can get back to some kind of normalcy soon,” he said.

Around the beleaguered city, there are signs of that effort continuing as people’s property, scrapped by floodwaters, is laid on the street to make homes habitable again.

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“I know we’re still in an emergency situation, but we have to think long-term, and there’s a long-term freeze-up,” he said, adding that he wants the military to come in and settle before they can. move the goods. Place frozen.

In addition to the assistance provided by the Emergency Operations Center, Coyne is coordinating with various agencies to provide relief to struggling residents. He’s worried volunteers who put in a lot of work are going to burn out.

“We’ve got a week and a day involved in this,” he said.

“We can only depend on volunteers to keep it at this rate for so long. People have to go back to work… and school children are expected to go back to school. And we’re going to get the rest of the community back to some sort of normalcy. But we still have to help those who need help.”

Soon after the flood, Coyne asked people – even those with the best of intentions – not to come into the city until stability was reached. That was no longer the case.

If anyone wants to volunteer, Coin is welcoming them with open arms. From 10 a.m. on Tuesday, continuing on Wednesday, he said people are welcome to make their way to the town square, park behind the visitor center and get to work.

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“We have people who have lost everything to help. It’s a hands on deck approach,” he said. “The whole community from top to bottom is working together to make this happen and I have to give my community the biggest support. Princeton is amazing. We are resilient and We always come together in times of need.”

This is ideal in times when there are so many issues to work on.

One of the top operational issues is running a water line through firehose. There is no pressure required to serve the upper parts of the north side of the city.

This means that a large area of ​​the city where there is no water.

“We have directional drillers coming in today to start that process,” he said. “So we were re-closing the bridge over Tulmin, which cuts off all those people.”

He is also working on getting the transit up and running.

On the bright side, BC Ambulance informs them that they have two full-time ambulances in the community right now.

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“(It) is a big relief, because we only had one,” he said. “If we get a third employee, they’re looking at the possibility of making it out at Manning Park… Then if something happens, they’re not taking the car out of town, which is a huge relief as well.”

The Canadian Armed Forces is assessing damage over the past 24 hours. By the end of the day, 120 Canadian military members will be on the field in hard-hit Abbotsford.

Thousands others are on standby to deploy as needs are assessed and officials determine which roads can be used to move support staff across the province.

“Over the next 30 days, and possibly longer if necessary, the Canadian Armed Forces will be there to help the people of British Columbia through this crisis,” Anand said.

“It’s an all-hands on deck effort, and I know our Canadian Armed Forces will face the challenge, as always.”

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