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BC offers aid to Alberta in wake of record floods

VICTORIA (NEWS1130) – The province is offering to help the flood-stricken parts of Alberta in any way it can including temporary bridges, extra ambulances, medical supplies and emergency response teams.

The Greater Vancouver Zoo is even readying itself in the event the Calgary Zoo needs to be evacuated.

Emergency Management BC has made a formal offer of assistance to support response and recovery efforts.

The Ministry of Health has put forward a standing offer of resources such as health-emergency-management support, health-care professionals, public-health inspectors, and potentially the mobile medical unit if needed to provide health-service continuity to impacted areas.

Help to bolster the ranks of Alberta’s first responders has also been offered, the BC Ambulance Service has offered to supply additional ambulance support.

With hundreds of homes reportedly semi-submerged and thousands more structures flooded, BC Housing is keeping a damage assessment team on standby and ready to assist.

The ministries of Environment and Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations are collaborating with the Vancouver Zoo to prepare in case Calgary Zoo animals require relocation.