Canadian military sent to help after storm Fiona hits Atlantic provinces

Canadian troops are sent to help recover from the devastation caused by Storm Fiona, which swept away homes, ripped roofs off and knocked out power in the country’s Atlantic provinces.

After rolling north from the Caribbean as a hurricane, Fiona landed before dawn Saturday as a post-tropical cyclone, hitting Nova Scotia, Prince Island- Edward, Newfoundland and Quebec with high winds, heavy rain and huge waves.

Defense Minister Anita Anand said on Saturday that troops would help remove fallen trees and other debris, restore transport links and do whatever else is necessary for as long as necessary. She did not specify how many soldiers would be deployed.

Fiona has been charged with at least five deaths in the Caribbean, but there have been no confirmed deaths or serious injuries in Canada. Police say a woman who may have been taken was missing in the town of Channel-Port Aux Basques on the south coast of Newfoundland.

Raging waves pounded Port Aux Basques and entire structures were swept into the sea.

“I see houses in the ocean. I see rubble floating everywhere. It is complete and total destruction. There’s an apartment that’s gone,” said Wreckhouse Press editor and townsman Rene J Roy.

Mr Roy estimated that between eight and twelve houses and buildings had been swept away by the sea, adding: “It’s quite terrifying.”

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said the town of 4,000 was in a state of emergency with multiple electrical fires and residential flooding.

Fiona was one of the strongest storms to hit eastern Canada (Brian McInnis/The Canadian Press/AP)

“We are seeing devastating images coming out of Port aux Basques. PEI (Prince Edward Island) suffered storm damage the likes of which they had never seen. Cape Breton is also hard hit,” Trudeau said.

“There are people who see their homes destroyed, people who are very worried, we will be there for you.”

Halifax Mayor Mike Savage said the roof of an apartment building collapsed in Nova Scotia’s largest city and authorities moved 100 people to an evacuation center. He said there were no serious injuries.

Provincial officials said other apartment buildings suffered significant damage.

More than 415,000 Nova Scotia Power customers — about 80% of the province of nearly one million people — were affected by outages Saturday. More than 82,000 customers in the province of Prince Edward Island, or about 95%, also lost power, while NB Power in New Brunswick reported 44,329 were without power.

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