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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Huron And Area Search And Rescue Helps Flood Efforts In Ottawa

Huron County | by Fadi Didi  

Seven volunteers with HASAR to help in sandbagging efforts along Ottawa River, following state of emergency.

Huron County is lending some manpower to sandbagging efforts in Ottawa, as the city deals with historic water levels.

The capital declared a state of emergency last week, after water levels were expected to jump 11 centimetres, following heavy rainfalls.

Seven volunteers with Huron and Area Search and Rescue (HASAR) are on their way to the capital to help sandbag the shores of the Ottawa River.

Officials with HASAR say the request for mutual aid was made by the Ontario Search and Rescue Volunteer Association.

Interim HASAR Commander Patrick Armstrong says the team will help coordinate and support volunteers as they fill and pile sandbags.

HASAR officials say the first team of volunteers will remain in Ottawa until the end of the week, with a second team scheduled to arrive on the weekend.

A third team is expected Monday.

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