By Bruce Campion-Smith Ottawa Bureau Alex Ballingall Ottawa Bureau Tues., April 30, 2019 OTTAWA—Rising floodwaters that have forced thousands of people to evacuate, left homes awash and spurred costly government responses are prompting political discussions about whether homeowners should be permanently moved out of high-risk flood zones. “We recognize how this is a new reality for far too many people. Extreme weather situations are coming more and more often,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters Tuesday. Trudeau said the federal government will need to work with municipalities, provinces and residents in areas that “will have to move or rebuild differently. “We know that the reality of climate change is hitting us harder every year, and this government is going to be a partner,” he said. Floods in New Brunswick, Quebec and Ontario have hit more than 15,000 homes and the forecast of rain has officials fearing the waters could rise even higher. While visiting stricken neighbourhoods in Gatineau last week, Quebec Premier François Legault floated a plan to pay homeowners $200,000 to move away from the Ottawa River floodplain. Article Continued Below On Tuesday, federal Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said all levels of government have to “seriously think” about… Read full this story
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