Emergency appeal for Thunder Bay flood victims

Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR),  in partnership with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC), is appealing to its supporters for financial donations to assist Canadians displaced by flooding in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

The City of Thunder Bay and neighbouring rural municipalities have declared states of emergency as rains have left homes with flooded basements, some as much as 5-6 feet deep in the worst-hit sections of the city. The sewage treatment plant also flooded and the main sewage pumps remain submerged and are not working.  The number of homes affected may now be more than 1,000. The city and partner agencies are now going door-to-door in the affected areas to assess damage. Many of the homes in some areas also contain basement apartments. Businesses have also suffered damage. Although the rain and flooding came on quickly and suddenly, the full recovery will take time – weeks and even months.

On Monday, May 28, the city declared itself a disaster area.

CLWR is issuing an appeal for funds to help homeowners recoup some of the costs of dealing with this emergency, and to help provide needed supplies to those affected.

Donations to the “Thunder Bay Flood 2012” appeal may be made in the following ways:

  •  By making a designated offering donation for the “Thunder Bay Flood 2012” appeal through your congregation.
  •  Online at www.clwr.org/donate. Select General Donation. In the process of completing the form, you will come to a pull-down menu that allows you to designate a specific project. Choose “Thunder Bay Flood 2012.”
  •  Charge to a major credit card by calling CLWR’s toll‐free number: 1.800.661.2597 or locally at 204.694.5602.
  •  By sending a cheque made payable to CLWR and mailed to: CLWR, 302‐393 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3B 3H6. Please indicate in your correspondence that you wish to contribute to the “Thunder Bay Flood 2012” appeal.

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