Thunder Bay City Council is moving a half-million dollars from their savings to a new flood relief fund. Money in the fund will be used to cover cleaning up the homes of flood victims and covering their insurance claims. City Manager Tim Commisso says no Provincial or Federal funds will flow until the Province declares Thunder Bay a disaster area. Meanwhile, the Provincial Disaster Relief team came to the City Monday to asses the flood and decide if it`s a disaster area.
Monday, June 4, 2012
Thunder Bay's Health Unit is reporting some people in the City being sent to the hospital with respiratory illness after last week's flood. Public Health Inspector Chris Beveridge says 10 people seeked treatment at the Health Sciences Centre recently. Beveridge reminds residents to take precautions with plastic masks,gloves and goggles while cleaning up their flood damaged homes.
Good news for the beleaguered sewage treatment plant. General Manager Darryl Matson says they were able to get one of their 5 pumps running. The pump has been running since Monday afternoon. The temporary pumping stations are being powered down since they no longer can reach the sewage and water that needs to be pumped out. Meanwhile, the Provincial Disaster Relief team came to the City Monday to asses living conditions and the status of the emergency.
A quarrel between two inmates at the Thunder Bay Correctional Centre has ended with one of them dead. Thunder Bay Police say 35 year old Sherman Quisses passed away in hospital after receiving an injury from a sharp object. Acting Detective Inspector Don Lewis says charges are pending for the 19 year old inmate who is believed to be involved in the incident. The fight broke out in the sleeping area of the centre just before 5 in the morning Sunday.
FedNor Minister Tony Clement is defending his Government's environmental record. Clement was in Thunder Bay today and touted his government's resource development plan which he feels will clear the red tape for the Ring of Fire. Meanwhile, Thunder Bay MP John Rafferty was in attendance and says the Conservatives are promoting their resource plan as away to distract residents from their environmental record.