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2012-07-19 at 15:28

$15M price tag

By Jodi Lundmark,
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The Thunder Bay Disaster Relief Committee estimates they’ll need $15 million to cover flood damages in the city.

With the province’s two-for-one credit in play, the committee will need to raise $5 million itself, said chairman Wayne Fletcher.

They have looked at what the average claim was in cities like Goderich and Peterborough and compared it to the number of advance claim forms the city received and the number of people who have signed up for the Safe Homes program.

“That’s give us a ballpark figure,” said Fletcher, who added the $15 million would cover the necessities for those affected by the flood who didn’t have insurance or were underinsured.

“We’re talking furnaces, appliances, walls, flooring, a bed. It does not cover any luxury items,” he said.

So far, the committee has raised $780,000.

Fletcher said many people have come forward with fundraisers, and it doesn’t matter how small the event is.

“I saw a little lemonade stand with some young ladies who were selling lemonade and said they were going to give to the disaster relief fund,” he said. “No matter how big or how small, everybody counts.”

The disaster relief committee is still working on fundraising ideas to hit their target like a golf tournament and Loonie days.

“That is a lot of money to raise. We raise what we can and we do the best we can,” he said.

“Whatever we’re doing will help those people in severe need.”

The deadline to register with the Safe Homes program is also approaching. Aug. 10 is the last day to sign up for help with clean-up and damage assessment.

Program coordinator Mari-Lou Jorgenson said although the need is slowing down, there are still people that haven’t heard about the program.

“What we’re finding now is we’re reaching out to homeowners that have already done work themselves and they’re finding it’s been inadequate,” she said. “They have either done the drying, the cleaning themselves but didn’t have the industrial equipment that they needed so now we’re going back, sending out our inspectors, doing the work and making sure their home is clean and safe.”

If anyone has registered with the Safe Homes program but hasn’t been contacted yet, they should call 684-2685.


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Chaos says:
How does this reconcile with the 300 million in damages claimed by class action? Why so much less?
7/19/2012 6:04:25 PM
wayne says:
"So far, the committee has raised $780,000."

wasn't more than half of that raised by the Red Cross and Salvation Army? wasn't the remaining amount donated by citizens, businesses, etc. before this committee came along? what has this committee brought in that was not the result of people donating to an already established system? by the way, the two-for-one is the maximum, it could be one-for-one. Gotta sell a lot of lemonade and run a lot of golf tourneys to make up for $5 million!
7/19/2012 7:53:17 PM
Steven says:
Strange that our city and the province are being sued for a combined $800,000,000.00, and yet they estimate the total cost for the many who were underinsured, or uninsured at 15 mil.

I guess the those who has insurance had houses filled with fine art which was ruined in the flood. And the fine art was sitting on piles of $100 bills which were also ruined.

7/19/2012 11:04:03 PM
Joey Joe Joe Jr. Shabadoo says:
paying out for lack of insurance

only here in thunder bay
7/20/2012 12:15:20 AM
nvjgu says:
Next time people won't have insurance. They won't be able to get it, but wait, are you not suppose to have insurance when you take a morgage.
7/20/2012 6:50:24 AM
CountryGuy says:
The Disaster Relief Committee is made up of volunteers who are all trying to help out! Sure, some of the money the received was from the Canadian Red Crossa and from the media campaign, but I know that the DRC members have been setting up booths at a lot of public events (Blues Fest, Summer in the Parks, Strawberry Socials, etc) and are trying to raise money.

Sure the $5 million seems like a lot, but is what the DRC has determined it needs to support the individuals who have lost so much. Have some respect for these volunteers!

It is no wonder this fine city is getting a bad reputation! There are so many negative people who are thinking about themselves and not the entire community. Wake up people! Everyone should be willing to help each other to help us all live a better life...a life of dignity and respect that all humankind deserves.
7/20/2012 8:45:28 AM
commonsense says:
I agree with "Wayne"; the committee hasn't raised $780,000, most of it was handed over by the Salvation Army and Red Cross from what people donated to them.
Certainly, people have much sympathy for those who suffered to greatly due to the flood. But, we have all paid our house insurance, city taxes and sewer surcharge on our water bills. Our expectation now is that the city do its part.

Tell us what really happened, and start fixing the infrastructure deficiencies in our city.
No multi-plex, stop buying up downtown P.A. properties, just fix what's wrong.
And use the "RenewTB" fund to help people out, there's lots of taxpayer money sitting there. If there was ever a good use for a "Renew" fund, this is it.
7/20/2012 9:56:01 AM
jimmyboy says:
I find the statement by Mari-Lou Jorgenson..."there are still people that haven’t heard about the program"...very hard to believe!

We all know that "The Disaster Relief Committee is made up of volunteers"...of which none have any experience what so ever in dealing with the matter at the end the handling of the claims will most likely be nothing short of a disaster in and of itself...due to the lack of knowledge by the individuals appointed by city council...the city should have sought the assistance of professional insurance adjusters as well those employed in the home building/renovation business to make this committee actually workable.!
7/20/2012 8:37:19 PM
Pandora says:
The 'Renew Thunder Bay' Fund(approx. 25Million) just hand over the 5 Million and spare us, the tax payers and the generous folks of Thunder Bay a lot of pain. Remember people have short memories, maybe people will forget city screw up sooner, Keep job.
A whole lot of other charities are going to suffer. I know I will not be giving to the Relief Fund. HOW can you sit there, lording over OUR $$$ to build your multiplex. YES, Lording over this money while people have had raw sewage floating in their homes. Everyone knows there was a City screw up. We made the National News for god sake! I don't think you can hide from the insurance co.
The city needs to learn to take care of its assets and infrastructure. They need to take care of what they already have, ADMIT THE PROBLEM and FIX THE DAMN PROBLEM.
The tax payers of this city is tapped out!!!
Just take the 5 MILLION and call it a day. What is going to BLOW UP next? What exactly happened in Eaton's basement? more crumbling infrastructur
7/20/2012 9:55:35 PM
wayne says:
It's been five weeks since the City announced that it was launching an independent investigation into the failure of the sewage treatment plant. No announcements since June 14th on the progress of the investigation (if it is in fact underway). No announcement about what 'consulting firm' is conducting the investigation, nor the anticipated cost to us tax payers. Will there be an update at July 23rd's council meeting? I doubt it, because the consultant will need more time to prepare a powerpoint presentation with 20 of the 32 slides devoted to the background and history of the sewage plant, and 5 slides to display graphs and charts on 100 yr floods, global warming, etc. One or two slides about the impact of the flood. The remaining slides will vaguely speak to how 'Phase One' of the investigation is complete, and that it will be near the end of the year before Phase Two will be completed.
7/22/2012 3:29:54 AM
wayne says:
CountryGuy said: "..but I know that the DRC members have been setting up booths at a lot of public events (Blues Fest, Summer in the Parks, Strawberry Socials, etc) and are trying to raise money."

they are not trying hard enough. and if so many people complained about the price of a $2 bottle of water at the Blues Fest, I wonder how many loonies they donated? what is the amount of actual money that the DRC has raised through these 'booths'? what are the administration costs associated with the DRC? 1%, 2%, 5%?

Other fundraising campaigns like Toys for Tots (raised just shy of $150,000 last year) The local United Way took all of 2011 to raise $2.5 million. I could go on, but the point is that the DRC will likely not make any substantive contribution, within a year, to reach their 'goal' of $5 million unless other local charities suffer.
7/22/2012 4:29:15 AM
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