Canadian Red Cross accepting donations to support those affected by flooding in Thunder Bay

Topics: Ontario, Emergencies and Disasters in Canada
May 30, 2012

 

(Thunder Bay, ON) – The Canadian Red Cross is appealing for funds to support relief efforts following massive flooding in Thunder Bay.

Heavy rains and a sewage back-up caused the flooding, which forced the municipality to declare a State of Emergency earlier this week. There are approximately 20 Canadian Red Cross volunteers from Thunder Bay on scene, ready to provide comfort and support to those impacted – including meeting basic needs such as shelter, food and water. Other volunteers from across Ontario are preparing for deployment if needed.

For those seeking assistance, the Red Cross has set up a reception centre and temporary relief shelter at the Neebing Arena on Broadway Avenue. At the reception centre, residents can access information, food, water supplies and shelter.

Working with community officials, the Red Cross will help conduct an assessment to determine the needs of the most vulnerable families affected by the flooding, including at least 100 homes that have been without power. Part of the needs assessment will be to determine which families have insurance, or have pressing needs.

Any individual interested to support the Red Cross’ relief and recovery efforts can do so by making a donation online at www.redcross.ca, calling 1-800-418-1111 or visiting in-person their local Red Cross branch. Funds should be earmarked for Thunder Bay floods.