Friends in need
When disasters happen, it’s important to be there for your friends and neighbours. On Sunday, May 7, Champlain Township declared a state of emergency, after the flood waters rose along the Ottawa River, putting between 20 and 30 homes at risk of severe flooding.
Champlain Township Mayor Gary Barton said he was fearful that when the river peaked, that the situation would worsen. During this time, residents were also told not to drink or use water from wells, or the Ottawa River. This, following a fuel spill that happened within hours of when the mayor declared a state of emergency. Dozens of citizens and firefighters began filling sandbags to help hold back the water. Firefighters from North Glengarry Township also came to help.
“We reached out to Champlain Township asking if they needed assistance. Our offer was very gratefully accepted by L’Orignal Fire Chief Richard Sincenne. It was nice to lend assistance and to go out and work side-by-side with our neighbours during their time of need,” said Matthew Roy, North Glengarry deputy fire chief. Ten firefighters from North Glengarry spent most of May 7 and 8 filling sandbags and building dikes. Portable pumps were used to continually pump the water out of these temporary dikes. Firefighters were also went door-to-door and advising residents in L’Orignal of the nonmandatory evacuation measures, which were enacted following the fuel spill. Inflatable boats, fire trucks and rescue gear were also on-site. With more wet weather in the forecast, the fire department remains ready to help, if called upon, said Deputy Fire Chief Roy.
HELPING NEIGHBOURS: When Rigaud was beset by flood waters recently, Marco Chartrand, owner of Chartrand’s Your Independent Grocer in Alexandria, lent a big helping hand, donating a sizeable quantity of food to flood victims. Mr. Chartrand shared the photos shown bottom left, above and below.