Canadian Red Cross offering flood clean-up kits to Sydney residents
Published Saturday, October 15, 2016 7:17PM ADT
The cleanup continues in Sydney this weekend, following last week's devastating flood.
On Saturday, more than 100 flood victims made their way to the Red Cross offices in Sydney to get free cleaning kits.
“It's been a very steady day. We've had people waiting for us at 8:30 in the morning when we opened,” says Mary Lynn Hurley of the Red Cross. “You can't really imagine the devastation until you actually meet with the people face-to-face. But it's also something you can feel good about at the end of the day, to see how grateful people are to get these kits. Just one little bit of assistance when they feel like no one is listening, can make a difference.”
Parts of Sydney received more than 200-millimeters of rain last weekend. The storm caused flooding in several neighbourhoods, and left more than a dozen homes uninhabitable.
Damage is expected to be in the millions of dollars and mound could become another problem.
Some say they’re not sure when they should use the cleaning kits.
“I can't really clean until the adjuster gets there, but I have to take the wet stuff out of the house. It's all I can do,” says Sydney resident Kevin Keller.
Many are happy to see an agency reaching out to help.
“This is great. It really saves me a lot, just in the cleaners and the rubber gloves and everything. It's gonna help me,” says Sydney resident Carol Paul.
Regardless of individual damages, many people are quick to express concern for someone hit worse.
“In true Cape Breton fashion, everybody really pulled together. We were hit hard by the storm, unexpectedly, and neighbours were just helping out,” says Sydney resident Lisa MacDougall
The Sydney music community will be hosting a number of concerts to raise money over the next few weeks, called 'Floodsgiving 2016', culminating with a concert at Centre 200 on Nov. 27.
With files from CTV Atlantic’s Dan MacIntosh.