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The Canadian military is digging out Newfoundland from all the snow

The Canadian Armed Forces have arrived in Newfoundland to help people who are struggling to dig themselves out after Friday's massive blizzard.

Armed with shovels, Canadian Military personnel arrived on Monday and have been offering assistance to vulnerable residents of the City of St. John's and other municipalities with snow clearing support.

The provincial capital is still buried after Friday's blizzard dumped about 76 centimetres of snow amidst wind gusts of over 150 kilometres per hour.

St. John's is in a state of emergency for the fifth day in a row and much of the city remains shut down, expect for some essential services.

Canada's Minister of National Defence, Harjit Sajjan, said that 450 troops have been out helping to get communities back up and running, and that they won't be leaving until the job is done.

Large dump trucks and snow plows could be seen working to clear roads, while other military personnel went to several homes by foot to help with shoveling.

It is unclear how much longer the city will need to stay under a state of emergency, or how much longer the military will be helping out in the Atlantic province.

So far, it seems like they're making some progress.

The city of St. John's has also been focusing on assisting vulnerable people, whether it be through helping with shoveling or getting necessary medication.

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