June 6, 2012
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC), through its partnership with Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR), is appealing to its members for financial support 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 city's 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:
- ELCIC members are asked to donate to appeals by making a designated offering donation for “Thunder Bay Flood 2012” appeal through their congregation.
- Donations may also be made through CLWR.
- 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 tollfree number: 1.800.661.2597 or locally at 204.694.5602.
- By sending a cheque made payable to CLWR and mailed to: CLWR, 302393 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3B 3H6. Please indicate in your correspondence that you wish to contribute to the “Thunder Bay Flood 2012” appeal.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada is Canada's largest Lutheran denomination with 145,376 baptized members in 594 congregations. It is a member of the Lutheran World Federation, the Canadian Council of Churches and the World Council of Churches.
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