Posted on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 12:30pm
Public safety minister tours rockland flood zone
Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale toured Rockland’s flooded neighbourhoods Thursday morning.
"Glad to show any support we can,” Goodale said at the end of his two-hour tour. “And very glad to have the Canadian Forces here.”
The federal minister, accompanied by MP Francis Drouin, members of the Red Cross, Canadian military, and city officials, visited the Pago Road and Voisine Road neighbourhoods to view local flood damage from the Ottawa River and also talk to homeowners and volunteers.
His visit to the Voisine Road neighbourhood included a boat trip from one end of the flooded street to the other and back. He also met and talked with Pierre Voisine (see photo), a local homeowner, about difficulties dealing with flooding by the Ottawa River both this year and two years ago.
“We’re experienced now,” Voisine told Goodale, “but I’ve learned some things.”
Voisine suggested the federal government make use in future of the Heavy Urban Search and Rescue Team (HUSART) program to help assist during catastrophic flood situations. The nearest of the five HUSART groups is based in Toronto and Voisine has called in HUSART several times in the past in his capacity as fire chief for the City of Cornwall.
“That is something we should seriously be looking at,” said Goodale, adding he will pass the recommendation on to Prime Minister Trudeau.