10:30EDT June 5 2012 – Thunder Bay Flood Recovery update

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NNL-FloodandRecoveryTHUNDER BAY – City Council moved on Monday night toward getting the wheels rolling toward having disaster relief funding start in Thunder Bay. Federal relief according to Tim Commisso the City Manager won’t happen until the provincial government has put $13.1 million into helping.

That benchmark is still a long way off. However the wheels are in motion to get this designation in place.

At this morning’s update, Acting Mayor Rebecca Johnson said, “The issue is that there are crews ready to help cleaning up houses, but homeowners are not home right now to answer the call at the door”.

“It is a significant problem, as we need to go in and fix them up.”

There is no charge for the work crews.

Call 98-Flood for more information.

Rebecca Johnson states that Michael Gravelle says that the wheels are in motion to have the city declared a disaster area.

Tim Commisso says that for residents impacted by the flooding that keeping records of loses, including pictures, receipts, and even a diary will be helpful to residents.

Darrell Matson says that a second pump will be the goal of city workers to get installed today. A second 800 hp motor is in for repairs and once it is ready it will be installed.

Sources report to NNL that residents have been responding to the call to reduce what is going down the drain. The decreases in water going down the drains have helped reduce the load on the system and are allowing the city to catch up.

There is still water going into the Atlantic Avenue Pumping Station and the city has an engineer on site working toward finding a solution.

The trail systems have all repairs ongoing, the trails along the Neebing River at Edward Street is being repaired.

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