My heart goes out to the folks who were evacuated yesterday as well as all the people fighting the flood by working on the dikes, filling sandbags, policing the streets and directing traffic. I needed to help.
I called the Salvation Army 727-4334 after work yesterday. They are delivering food to the flood workers and accepting all donations of food including soup, sandwiches, drinks, muffins, fruit and donuts. They are located at the corner of 1st and Princess Avenue. My neighbour and I made up three dozen buns some were ham with cheese with lettuce and others were egg salad. I dropped off the bunwiches with two big bags of cookies, two dozen canned drinks and half a dozen juice boxes. The folks at the Salvation Army were very grateful. When I got back I phoned the City of Brandon 729-2186 to volunteer at the evacuee registration centre.
The City of Brandon posted 34 photos on facebook of the water, dikes and workers. Officials are calling it a one in 300 year flood. On May 8th, Prime Minister Harper deployed 450 Canadian Forces Soldiers to help Southern Manitoba fight the flood. So far in Brandon 1,174 people have been evacuated from 467 homes on the south side of the Assiniboine River.
ebrandon.ca for anyone to use and share as Adam hopes to deter people from going to the Assiniboine valley to take photos for themselves.
This is First Street North on Saturday May 7, there is a lot of water seepage and workers were running 11 pumps around the clock to keep the roadway open.
On Sunday night the pavement broke up. First Street remains closed while construction crews repair the missing road. There is a huge pile of rock dumped across the south bound lane.