The Flood of 2017 may not be top of mind, but its effects linger on.
Just because the media, the politicians and the cameras have gone, it doesn’t mean that some of our fellow Ottawa residents aren’t struggling… to this day.
What we discovered was both disappointing and astonishing.
Over 500 homes were affected throughout West Carleton by the floodwaters in May. A great community rose to the challenge and much has been accomplished, but there is so much more to do.
The real work, for many, has only just begun.
Sadly, we still have 4 displaced families whose homes have been condemned.
That means that they are losing their homes and they have a date with the wrecking ball.
Just think about that. Many were not covered by insurance.
One home on the demo list had a resident who was actually pumping 18 gallons a minute out of her basement!
She has two young children, and they are dealing with terrible mold concerns to this day. They also have problems with their septic and well. On top of all that, a tree — no doubt compromised by the flood — fell on her vehicle this week. The car was totaled but thankfully no one was hurt.
Shockingly, close to a hundred homes are still relying on relief assistance just to help them make it through the litany of issues that commonly arise in the wake of floodwaters.
Mold, structural compromise, insulation replacement, furniture, sub floors, well and septic issues continue to plague our neighbours.
Incredibly, no one is talking about this!
We encourage you to visit the Facebook Page; Constance Bay Flood 2017 for further updates or ways that you can help.
Also keep an eye on our webpages for in-the-works initiatives coming soon!
Another way to help is to come to the Bay. The Dragon Boat Festival Weekend was a great success and we are hoping Bay Days (Saturday, August 12th) will find the same kind of success.
Being part of that event is one of the many ways that you can help our friends in Constance Bay.