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(Posted 9:30 a.m., Sept. 13)
Fundraiser for Cumberland flood victims a huge success
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Still facing an uncertain future and astronomical repair expenses six months after their homes were damaged by the rising water, victims of last spring’s flood received some much needed support on Sunday in the form of a hugely successful fundraising event.

Upwards of 1,000 people dropped by the R.J. Kennedy Arena in Cumberland Village to show their support and make a donation to the Cumberland Flood Relief Fund.

Members of the Cumberland Lions Club take time during Sundays fundraisier to pose for a photo with the event organizers. Photo supplied

Participants were able to enjoy barbecued hamburgers and hot dogs provided by local merchants and cooked by members of the Cumberland Lions Club which donated $3,400 to the Fund.

Some of the activities included a Classic Car Show, face-painting and a bouncy castle for the kids, a silent auction, raffle, and live entertainment. In total, more than $10,000 was raised in just five short hours.

Flood victim and event co-organizer Christina Hajjar was overwhelmed by the turnout.

“It superseded our expectations. We had 300 hamburgers and 500 sausages. We opened the doors at 11 a.m. and they were all gone by 3 p.m. It was unbelievable,” says Hajjar whose modest Leo Lane bungalow has been left uninhabitable by the flood, as has her elderly aunt and uncle’s house next door.

“They’re both pretty much a write off and should be torn down,” says Hajjar who is hoping for relief from the federal government. “It should be covered mostly by the government program, but the engineer is having a hard time getting a hold of the adjuster and the adjuster has been having a hard time getting a hold of the engineer so we’re still in the middle of trying to figure that out.”

Like the rest of the flood victims on Leo Lane and Boise Lane along the Ottawa River, Hajjar and her aunt and uncle did not have insurance for structural damage caused by the flood because the riders were either too expensive, or the option isn’t offered by their carrier.

In Hajjar’s case, the damage to the contents of her house wasn’t covered either. Because their houses are uninhabitable Hajjar has been renting a house in Rockland with her aunt and uncle, and a sister who shared the Leo Lane residence with her.

Hajjar is worried whatever relief funds they end up getting from the federal government won’t be enough to rebuild their houses. Their only other option would be to apply for a mortgage, or sell the property and buy elsewhere, if they can find a buyer. For now they will continue to live together in Rockland under somewhat cramped conditions and an uncertain future.

Members of the public can contribute to the Cumberland Flood Relief Fund at any RBC branch using SRF: 185 548 989, OR by e-transfer to cumberlandfloodrelief@gmail.com.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

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