Vernon to host Troops

The first wave of 140 Canadian troops is arriving in British Columbia to help communities overwhelmed by flood waters.
    
The Canadian Armed Forces says staff from Joint Task Force Pacific and personnel from the 3rd Canadian Division based in Edmonton will arrive Thursday at a staging area in Vernon.   From there, troops are expected to be deployed to areas such as Grand Forks, where officials say a second round of flooding is imminent.
    
Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Ralph Goodale says members of the armed forces will help with evacuations, sandbagging and property protection.   Initial reconnaissance personnel have also been sent to Victoria to co-ordinate with provincial officials on the deployment of additional vehicles, equipment, and personnel.
    
Rising temperatures over the last week caused rapid melting of extremely heavy snowpacks, swelling many rivers in B.C. to flood stage and prompting evacuation orders or alerts affecting more than 2,000 properties.