After Hurricane Fiona, which left Atlantic Canada without power for hundreds of thousands, the Canadian military was mobilized and officials are trying to assess the extent of the damage.
After soaring north from the Caribbean and arriving at the shore before dawn Saturday, Fiona was a post-tropical storm, battering Canada’s regions in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland with heavy rains, hurricane-force winds and large waves.
Anita Anand, Defence Minister, stated that Canadian troops would be deployed to help with the removal of fallen trees in eastern Canada and restore transport links. She didn’t specify how many troops would be deployed.
Fiona was responsible for at least five deaths in the Caribbean. Canada has not confirmed any deaths but authorities are still looking for a missing woman from Channel-Port Aux Basques, a coastal town in Newfoundland.
Jolene Garland, the spokeswoman for Royal Canadian Mounted Police, stated that she believes she washed out at sea.
Canada’s Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair stated that the Fiona damage was unprecedented and that it will take several months to rebuild the infrastructure.
Blair stated, “The scale of the problem we are dealing with, I believe it’s unimaginable.”
He said that it would take several months to restore some of the crucial infrastructures, including buildings, homes, roofs, and community centres, which has resulted in schools and community centres being evacuated.
On Sunday morning, over 256,000 Nova Scotia Power customers remained without power and 82,000 Maritime Electric customers remained without power in Prince Edward Island. This is about 95 per cent. New Brunswick also had more than 206,000 homes and businesses.
Outages Saturday affected more than 415,000 Nova Scotia Power customers, which is about 80 per cent of the province’s nearly one million residents.
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