• John Jantak

MRC announces additional flood assistance programs

Citizens who were affected by the unprecedented record-setting springtime flooding in May can apply for two new programs being offered by the Municipalité Régionale de Comté (MRC) de Vaudreuil-Soulanges (MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges) to help victims still in distress as a result of the tragedy. The initiatives were presented during a press conference at MRC headquarters in Vaudreuil-Dorion last Thursday, December 14.

Psychosocial support

For the first time, the MRC and Fondation du Centre hospitalier Vaudreuil-Soulanges (FCHVS) announced that a portion of the money raised by the Fondation during the Salon des vins will be donated to the Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux de la Montérégie-Ouest (CISSS) for psychosocial support to flood victims.

The FCHVS will contribute 50 per cent of its net revenue from the Salon des Vins that was held on May 17. “We are happy to announce that we will be contributing $36,800 to the MRC and CISSS to ensure the most equitable and efficient distribution of these funds as soon as possible,” said foundation President Denis Lapointe.

Food vouchers

In another initiative, the MRC along with Moisson Sud-Ouest announced they will be distributing 147 vouchers valued at $100 each from money collected during a fund-raising campaign to help flood victims buy groceries during the holiday season. The food bank provides support to families and individuals in need throughout the region.

“We’re available to help at all times, whether in the daily life of our citizens or during emergency situations such as the spring floods. Our aim is to give hope to families in the region who have been affected by food insecurity,” said Julie Bergevin, Director General of Moisson Sud-Ouest.

To obtain a voucher, victims must provide proof of residence and apply directly at MRC headquarters located at 280 Harwood Blvd from Monday to Thursday between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and on Fridays between 8:30 a.m. and noon.

Regional relief effort

Patrick Bousez, MRC Prefect and Mayor of Rivière-Beaudette, said the MRC has been working with various community groups since the beginning of the disaster to provide as much assistance as possible. He also noted that all 23 MRC municipalities pitched in throughout the relief effort.

“Today is a great day. A lot of people are still having trouble because of the flooding. This is one of the reasons we started collecting money when the disaster happened and now it’s time to share it with our citizens. It’s time for them to get a bit more relief. We did our best and we will continue to help our citizens for as long as we can,” Bousez told Your Local Journal.

“I am proud of this gesture of solidarity on behalf of our community. I am convinced the services that will be made possible with these additional funds will be helpful to the flood victims,” added Bousez.

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