5/16/2017 9:35:59 AM

There were some answers last night for people whose homes and cottages were flooded recently. A public meeting at the Horton Community Centre heard from officials from the province, health unit, the township and the Red Cross on a range of issues from what to do with waste and debris from the flood, to how to apply for financial compensation from the province.   Many in the room were disappointed to hear that cottages will not qualify for disaster assistance funding. Stephen Seller from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing says the money is strictly earmarked to help people whose only home was damaged.

A few in the crowd raised questions about how the waterway and dams along the Ottawa River were managed leading up to the flooding. Mayor Robert Kingsbury says he has questions too.

There is a wealth of information for people affected by the flooding on the Horton Township website, but one bit of advice that was really driven home was that people should not touch their sandbags. Flood water often contains sewage or other contaminants so the sand in the bags could also be contaminated. The township is firming up plans for how to get rid of the sandbags and expects to make it public by the end of the week.

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