Friends in need

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page -

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.

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