Friday, June 1, 2012
Thunder Bay's Health Unit doesn't want homeowners staying in their flood damaged homes. Spokesperson Chris Beveridge says it concerns him because it's dangerous with risk of electrocution and mould. He adds residents also need to take precautions by wearing rubber gloves, goggles and boots during clean up.
A 22 year old former Summer Beaver First Nation resident is the star of a new documentary. Thunder Bay's Handicapped Action Group, Skyworks Charitable Foundation and the Provincial Government are funding the new film called "Ordinary Woman, Extraordinary Dreams". Maggie Sofea says she wants to be a role model for area youth. Crews will follow Sofea home to Summer Beaver this summer and visit the site of her diving accident. Sofea was unable to live on reserve after her accident and had to adapt to a life living in a wheelchair in an urban mostly non-native community.
The Salvation Army is swimming with cash after raising a quarter million dollars for disaster relief efforts from the community. Major Merv Halvorsen says that money will go to to help the flood victims who do not have insurance to cover their losses. The donations included 50 thousand dollars from the Fort William Rotary Club.
Posted by The Giant 105.3 News at 11:48 AM
The City of Thunder Bay continues to work on alleviating the flood situation in the east end and the surrounding communities. General Manager Darryl Matson says they've been able to send crews into part of the sewage treatment plant. They have removed 2 of the 5 motors that drive the main pumps, so they can be dried. Matson adds crews are looking at the electrical side of the treatment plant and figuring out how best to power the pumps back up.
Posted by The Giant 105.3 News at 9:17 AM
Highway 11-17 between the Thunder bay Expressway and Highway 102 remains closed. Highway 102, however is open to east-west traffic. Rural roads in the area remain closed due to the flooding and washouts: In Ware Township, Portage Creek Road is closed at the first bridge. Silver Falls Road from Ellis Road to Shields Road is closed and Forbes River Road is currently open but motorists are asked to drive with caution. At Dawson Road Lots, Aitken Road at Sunshine Loop is open but motorist are asked to drive with caution.
Posted by The Giant 105.3 News at 6:46 AM