08/26/2013 01:58 EDT | Updated 10/26/2013 05:12 EDT

Quebec pledges $16 million to Lac-Mégantic for rebuilding downtown

The Quebec government has pledged $16 million for the reconstruction of Lac-Mégantic's devastated downtown, as the city rebuilds after the July 6 train derailment and explosion that claimed the lives of 47 people and destroyed dozens of buildings.

At a news conference in Lac-Mégantic today, Quebec Premier Pauline Marois announced to support plans for rebuilding the town, including the construction of a bridge across the Chaudière River, and a memorial park.