It’s now been 5 months since our so called “100 Year Flood.”
We saw the snow melt, the rain fall and fall and fall some more.
We watched the rivers, lakes and streams rise to seemingly unprecedented levels.
May was a record breaking month, following a record breaking month and followed by another couple record breaking months.
More storms, more rain — than ever before.
We can hope this only happens every hundred years, but what have we learned in the meantime?
Are we better off? Are we ready for next time? Have Insurances and methods been improved? Is it still worth the gamble to live in a riverside cottage/home without insurance?
Why won’t Insurance Companies cover people who live near rivers, but not in a flood plain like we saw in some instances around Ottawa in the spring.
This flood wrecked havoc in the East (Cumberland), the West (Constance Bay) and the North (Gatineau) where a ‘state of emergency’ was declared.
One has to ask the question whether a ‘state of emergency’ should have been declared on the Ottawa side as well.
In the month’s following the flood, I have tried my best to detail the plight of some of the residents of Constance Bay and what they’ve had to endure over these long, stressful five months.
There was Kara Shaw, who continued to pump water out of her condemned house when I visited her three months after the flood. She continued to pay for hydro, a mortgage and rent for her new temporary digs.
She is a single mother with two elementary school aged daughters who ‘just wanted their bedrooms back.’
There was Jeff Smith and his wife Christina, who are still living on the couch at his brothers place!
Four families in Constance Bay had their homes condemned and have still not received assistance from the Ontario Disaster Relief Plan.
There was also the community (Constance Bay Flood Relief) and how it pulled together and rallied, almost to its own determent.
Kanata- Carleton MPP Jack Maclaren pressed this issue at Queen’s Park on September 27th to the “Minister of Municipal Affairs” (Bill Mauro).
Have a look at that;
Tomorrow (Thursday, October 12th) I will doing a Facebook Live with MPP Jack Maclaren (Kanata Carleton) and we’ll ask him where things are at with Constance Bay, an area he represents.
That will happen at 11 am.
Please feel free to send us a question for the MPP.