Queen's thoughts are with Canada flooding victims as she recovers at Windsor
The Queen has paid tribute to emergency service workers responding to ‘catastrophic’ floods in Canada.
British Columbia has suffered a deadly natural disaster which may prove to be the most costly in the country’s history.
The 95-year-old monarch’s message comes two days after authorities confirmed three bodies were recovered from floodwater, bringing the death toll to four and with one other person missing.
Around 14,000 people are still under evacuation orders after record rainfall and high winds destroyed bridges, roads and homes.
The Queen, who is also head of state of Canada, issued a message in both English and French.
She wrote: ‘My thoughts are with the people of British Columbia as you continue to confront the recent catastrophic flooding and gradually begin the process of recovery and rebuilding.
‘I am grateful for the tireless work of the many first responders and volunteers who continue to provide comfort and support to their fellow Canadians during this difficult time.’
The Queen, who has sprained her back but also been resting at Windsor for more than a month after an overnight stay in hospital for preliminary tests, is only carrying out light duties.
Canada’s western province declared a state of emergency after a month’s worth of rain fell in two days.
The area is battling food and fuel shortages, with the city of Vancouver effectively cut off from the rest of the country.
Temporary restrictions on fuel and non-essential travel were imposed on Friday in a bid to ease supply chain disruptions and aid recovery work.
The storms, which started last Sunday, forced the closure of the Trans Mountain pipeline and cut two critical east-west rail lines owned by Canadian Pacific Railway and Canadian National Railway Co that lead to Canada’s busiest port of Vancouver, impeding the supply of fuel and goods.
CP said work to repair damaged infrastructure would continue non-stop and service should be restored in the middle of next week.
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