Community rallying to help Minden flood victims

Peterborough, ON, Canada / CHEX TV

The state of emergency is still in effect in Minden Hills as water levels on the Gull River continue to rise.

Businesses and homes are flooded but as Greg Davis reports, the level of support for flood victims is also increasing:


The rising Gull River has consumed Kirsten Monk’s funeral home and house on Bobcaygeon Road.

Monk: I’m looking at about $200,00 to the funeral home and $50,000 damage to the house.

Despite using 2th-sequence-02-00_02_36_13-still0103 sump pumps and an estimated 10,000 sand bags, the Monks lost the war with the water on Tuesday night.

Monk: We are sort of moment by moment with the decision to we stay or do we do.

At the arena, Michael Xerri loads sandbags to deliver to his father’s new home design business.
It’s the first time his business has dealt with major flooding.

Michael: We got the pumps going so we are getting the water flowing out of there. It’s going pretty smooth so far can’t complain.

He’s thankful for the dozens of residents who helped sandbag the Peck Street business.

Michael: The community has definitely come together and did their part and chipped in for this thing.
That included these Lochlin residents and area cottagers who spent Thth-sequence-02-00_00_37_26-still008ursday morning filling sandbags.

Christina Paradie of Lochlin: We’ve been here three days straight now helping. When I heard people had water in their basement id thought we could help.

Doug Noyles, 30-year cottage: In a time of need we are trying to help volunteer and help Minden because they’ve been an important part of our supply chain as a resident of the beautiful Haliburton Highlands so we are just giving back.

While the Red Cross is offering water safety kits and making arrangements for displaced residents,
Donations are also pouring in.

Peggy Cassils: The community has just all banded together and it’s really amazing. You can see all the wonderful donations we’ve gotten from the communities.

Cottager Gerry Sleeges is also helping by hosting a furniture and electroth-sequence-02-00_00_59_03-still011nics auction at the arena on May 20th.

Gerry: And if they come to the auction, everything they buy – 10 per cent of it will go to the flood victims.

In terms of additional financial support, MPP Laurie Scott pleaded with the province this week to immediately deploy a disaster assessment team as opposed to waiting until water levels recede

But municipal affairs minister Bill Mauro said no – arguing the team needs to determine who is eligible first.

Mauro: We have a program that helps but I’m really concerned with people trying to expedite a process and raising expectations for their community members

That response doesn’t help Monk who four years ago endured $600,000 dollars in flood damage

Monk: I am disgusted – they can take our funds, our money. But when we need help they turn outh-sequence-02-00_02_16_20-still012r backs on us.

The weekend forecast won’t help with more rainfall expected.

Greg Davis CHEX News Minden

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