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GREGG CHAMBERLAIN gregg.chamberlain@eap.on.ca

can apply for as they get their lives and homes back in order. j8FEPOFFEUPDPNFVQXJUIQPMJDJFTBOE procedures governing all aspects of the clea- OVQ vTUBUFE$&.$%BO)PMNFTJOIJTXSJUUFO report to township council during its May 14 session. )PMNFTOPUFEUIBUJODMVEFTJEFOUJGZJOH potential hazards in flood areas, including health and safety issues like private wells that may have suffered contamination by fecal matter and bacteria from nearby flood septic fields, possible chemical or electrical hazards that went unnoticed during the flood, and other concerns. i5IF4PVUI/BUJPO$POTFSWBUJPO"VUIP - rity is recommending that we do not begin

An update report to Champlain Township on the spring flood situation recom- mends preparing recovery plans when the water level of the Ottawa River starts going down. Rainy spring weather, including a thun- derstorm over the May long weekend, has prevented a hoped-for rapid reduction in the floodwater levels of the Ottawa River. But a report to Champlain Township council from its community emergency manage- NFOU DPPSEJOBUPS $&.$  SFDPNNFOET recovery plan preparation now, including letting homeowners know about help they

removing our sandbag dams just yet,» TUBUFE)PMNFTj0ODFJUJTKVEHFEBQQSP - priate, then there will be plenty of work, and volunteers can be a valuable asset for this part of the emergency.» The township public works department will provide trucks and loaders for removal PGTBOECBHT5IF-0SJHOBM'JSF%FQBSUNFOU will coordinate the removal and all sand bags will be taken to the landfill for proper disposal. )PMNFTSFQPSUOPUFEUIBUUIFUPXOTIJQ website and Facebook page has contact information about the provincial govern- NFOUT%JTBTUFS3FDPWFSZ"TTJTUBODFGPS Ontarians Program for homeowners and business owners affected by the flood. The Canadian Red Cross is also taking applications from flood victims for cash assistance. The township will provide infor- mation on other assistance programs as they become available. Il a continué de pleuvoir au cours du mois de mai dans la région, y compris au cours du weekend dernier. Les précipitations supplémentaires ont ralenti le retrait des eaux de crue de la rivière des Outaouais. Le plus récent rapport du coordonnateur de la gestion des urgences du canton de Champlain recommande tout de même de se préparer pour l’après-inondation. —archives &/#3&'r#3*&'4 RELIEF AID FOR HOMEOWNERS Champlain Township council approved recommendation from Chief Building Inspector Jacques Gauthier to help residents who suffered flood damage to their homes. The township will waive building permit fees for homeowners who need to do any renovation or demolition work needed to restore their homes to Ontario Building Code standards. More details and advice for homeowners in flood neighbourhoods is available from the building inspection department. – Gregg Chamberlain GRASS MOWING CONTRACT Champlain Township council approved a public works department recom- mendation for this year’s grass mowing contract for community parks and other municipal facilties. eE submitted the lowest of two bids at $35,388 for the contract. – Gregg Chamberlain

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