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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Goderich Residents Rise Up

Goderich | by Travis Pedwell  

Mayor says Goderich is a survivor, community will be back better than ever.

We are not victims -- we are survivors and Goderich will be back and better than ever.

That was the message brought forth today at the Community meeting on Saturday morning at the old Arena.

Mayor Deb Shewfelt tells Bayshore Broadcasting News it has been unbelievable to see the community pull together this week and bring strength to others.

He said all emergency services have had outstanding communication throughout the process with a very quick response.

Shewfelt says he has gained a lot of strength from the people of Goderich.

Shewfelt tells the residents of Goderich to look the situation as a new opportunity.

He says the town will recover, restore the square and create a new beginning.

Shewfelt adds we can do it -- and after talking to the Parks Manager he says staff want to have the square complete by Christmas.

Shewfelt says with all the funds they have in place they will do their best to make it happen.

Shewfelt calls the support received over the past week outstanding.

He says from regions all over people are working as hard as they can to support the town including municipal neighbours, Europe, and the United States.

Shewfelt notes Bruce Power has opened the door to all the resources they have.

Shewfelt also read over a letter from Governor General David Johnston.

In the message Johnston notes the community has done an excellent job sticking up for one another.

Shewfelt sends his condolences to the Laberge family.

He says Normand Laberge who was the lone fatality during the storm will be remembered.

Shewfelt says as for the Federal Government member Ben Lobb has been in touch with the Prime Minister and they do have a fund in place which will start soon.

Shewfelt says Stephen Harper could be making a visit soon but no timeline has been discussed.

CAO Larry McCabe notes 95 per cent of power is restored -- 65 per cent of gas.

He says they are working quickly to restore everything.

For anybody needing assistance feel free to go to the Knights of Columbus Centre which is open 24 hours for information and reception.


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