Canadian PM takes helicopter tour of flooded Quebec province

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 10:23 GMT, May 12, 2017 |

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Quebec’s Premier Phillipe Couillard on Thursday (May 11), surveyed the damage from the historic flooding that struck parts of Quebec and British Columbia earlier in the week.

He told reporters that his government was donating a million dollars to the Red Cross for flood relief and also encouraged Canadians to donate to the cause, CBC reported.

Authorities have begun a cleanup in the wake of the floods that forced more than 2,700 people from their homes and damaged nearly 3,900 structures.

About 3,100 were without power, authorities said, and the federal government has deployed about 1,730 military personnel.

Transport Canada restricted marine traffic along the Saint Lawrence, a major shipping route.