Roland Butler, MHA for the district of Port
de Grave, is calling upon the Emergency Measures Organization (E.M.O.)
to immediately hold public meetings in the area to speed up
response to the severe storm damage caused by tropical storm
Chantal earlier this week
The provincial E.M.O. is responsible for
providing response and recovery measures caused by actual or
imminent emergencies and disasters in Newfoundland and
Labrador. Bay Roberts and surrounding areas were one of the
hardest hit by the heavy rain fall from the tropical storm.
has already indicated that the area and some residents will be
eligible for disaster funding, Butler points out.
very positive news, but it is critical now that the restoration
process be kick-started immediately so that the town and people=s
lives can get back to normal.
calling upon the E.M.O to set up a public meeting to take place
in the area by early next week to explain to those affected by
this damage how to complete their applications and how to record
their losses. This is a very important first step in the whole
process and it would be reassuring to residents to see that
something is set up sooner rather than later, so that there is
no confusion or delays with respect to the application process.@
The Liberal MHA says it is devastating to
see the damage to property and to the communities created by the
tropical storm and he appreciates that it will take time to
assess the damage. He is reassured however by the level of
commitment expressed by both the federal and provincial
governments and by the support coming from within the
communities to those most affected by the storm damage.
residents can get more information on how to record the damage
and make their claims, then I will feel that we are well
underway to putting this misfortune behind us."