This morning, the City of Thunder Bay and a number of municipalities and townships across northwestern Ontario declared a state of emergency due to major flood damage that occurred overnight.
In less than 24 hours, hundreds of homes and businesses have sustained significant damage due to heavy rains that continue to hit the region. These rains are forecast to continue for the next few days, further complicating an already difficult situation. It goes without saying that our thoughts and prayers are with those who have been impacted by this situation.
At this time, I’m asking all members of this House to offer their support to the region. Damage to property and infrastructure, including roads and highways, is extensive. We in this House need to work together to ensure that the needs of these communities are met in the short and long term.
I am asking members on all sides of this House to commit to working together to assist the members from Thunder Bay–Atikokan and Thunder Bay–Superior North to ensure that the communities affected are provided with the assistance they need to battle this situation now and in the weeks to come.
Sarah Campbell MPP