Days after a monster blizzard unleashed record amounts of snow to parts of Atlantic Canada, the country’s federal government has ordered military assistance for some of the hardest-hit locations.
For the fourth straight day, a state of emergency remained in effect in St. John’s. Mayor Danny Breen initially made the declaration on Friday, the first state of emergency declaration in nearly 36 years.
According to the Associated Press (AP), Newfoundland Premier Dwight Ball requested federal assistance on Saturday. Troops were expected to arrive Sunday to help with tasks such as snow removal, providing transportation and assisting the elderly and any other residents with health concerns. A number of residents still reportedly are stuck in their homes.
Tom Baird, a resident of St. John’s, digs out a path to find his car buried in snow that towers above his head. (Twitter/@BairdTom)
A search resumed for 26-year-old Joshua Wall, a man who had gone missing while out during the storm over the weekend, according to the AP. As of Monday afternoon, there has been no sign of him. The Royal Canadian Police are asking people near Roaches’ Line to check their property in case Wall had taken shelter in a vehicle or other structures.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) reported up to 300 troops were being mobilized.
Late Sunday night, more snow fell across the region, impeding recovery progress. St. John’s officials said in a statement that due to the additional snowfall, gas stations will only be utilized for emergency refueling on Monday.
“The weather is going to be exceptionally quiet over the next week as a large dome of high pressure remains parked over Atlantic Canada,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Alyson Hoegg said. “The exception will be [Monday night] and into the day Tuesday when there can be a few flurries or some very light snow. Even though it will be quiet, high temperatures will be below average for this time of year in the lower to middle 20s with overnight lows mostly in the teens.”