NEWS: Nunavut May 11, 2012 - 3:15 pm

Red Cross sends relief package to victims of May 6 flash flood in Kimmirut

Two families left homeless after duplex suffered damage


People in Kimmirut left homeless May 6 after a torrent of snow and water slammed into their duplex can look forward to receiving relief from the Red Cross.

The aid organization plans to send packages of goods due to arrive in the community over the weekend of May 12, Iqaluit Red Cross volunteer Michel Rheault said.

The Red Cross decided what the families needed through “needs assessment interviews” over the phone with the officials from Hamlet of Kimmirut, who were “really receptive and willing to help their residents and work with the Red Cross,” Rheault said.

Iqaluit Mayor Madeleine Redfern first helped contact hamlet officials in Kimmirut, who assured her they would be open to receive help from Red Cross volunteers and emergency support.

Now “the Red Cross volunteers are proceeding with the logistics,” Redfern said.

The relief package en route to Kimmirut will include indoor and outdoor clothing, blankets, pillows and food.

The good news is that housing duplex damaged May 6, is fixable, said Kimmirut’s economic development officer, Qapik Ikkidluak.

Speaking on behalf of the mayor, Ikkidluak said the two families who lived in the damaged duplex have been moved to different housing units.