Hurricane Igor caused widespread damage across parts of eastern Newfoundland on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010, as heavy rains flooded communities, washed out roads and stranded some residents in their homes. Most heavily hit were the Burin and Bonavista Peninsulas.
Operation Lama is the Canadian Forces joint response to the devastation caused by Igor.
More than 1,000 Army, Navy and Air Force personnel are undertaking a wide variety of tasks during Op Lama:
- delivering critical supplies such as food, water, medical supplies and fuel
- providing medical evacuation
- assisting in moving power crews and materials to repair power grids
- delivering generators and re-supplying fuel to main communications nodes
- assisting with bridging and road repair and transporting engineering analysis teams.
The Air Force’s contributions to the operation have included imaging and reconnaissance flights by a CP-140 Aurora, delivery of freight and personnel to 9 Wing Gander by a CC-177 Globemaster III and numerous flights by CH-124 Sea King helicopters from 12 Wing Shearwater, N.S. delivering supplies and moving personnel.
“I just wanted to send a Big THANK YOU to all you guys who came to Clarenville, NL and area to clean up after Hurricane Igor..It’s a great pleasure to have all of you here,” wrote a resident of Clarenville on the Write to the Troops website last Friday.
“I was one of the lucky ones who got to meet several of you guys at my workplace and it was a honor to serve you guys on a regular basis..I wish you all the best and salute you for a job well done...Thanks again.”
This domestic humanitarian relief mission is led by Canada Command and conducted through Joint Task Force Atlantic. Operation Lamais the official name designated by the Canadian Forces for CF domestic operations involving military response following hurricanes in Canada.