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Support for Slave Lake

Huron County | by Dianne Colgan  

Goderich Mayor hopes Huron County can do something to help Alberta fire victims.

A local councillor and Mayor is hoping Huron County can do something to help the residents of fire-ravaged Slave Lake, Alberta.

Goderich Mayor Deb Shewfelt says it's devastating to watch the coverage of a town that's been mostly wiped off the map.

He proposed to County Council that they speak with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to see what can be done on a local level.

Shewfelt says he empathizes and thinks back to 1995 when Goderich suffered its own major storm that shut down the power for a week in which temperatures reached 34 degrees Celsius.

And knowing that Slave Lake is about the same size as Goderich really strikes a chord with him.

Shewfelt says FCM is meeting in Halifax in the first week of June, and he hopes they take the suggestion into consideration.

He says money from insurance and the province doesn't always cover everything, and it's going to be a tough time for the displaced residents of Slave Lake.


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