Brian Bowman, the mayor of Winnipeg, Manitoba has declared a State of Emergency after a devastating snow storm ripped through the city, leaving more than 150,000 without power.
Winnipeg is home to 77,305 Filipinos, making them the third largest Filipino community in Canada by total population, however the largest by percentage (8.7%).
MAYOR DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY AFTER STORM
Mayor Bowman released this statement: “The City of Winnipeg has experienced an unprecedented weather event with strong winds and heavy snowfall. The storm continues to require prompt action to prevent or limit harm or damage to the safety, health or welfare of residents.”
“Winnipeggers are resilient, and on this Thanksgiving weekend, I continue to ask you to be kind, exercise patience, and continue to check on your family, friends and neighbours, to provide any assistance you can,” Mayor Bowman continued.
Declaring the State of Emergency allows the City of Manitoba to clear private property from debris left by the storm, including fallen trees and downed power lines.
MANITOBA DECLARES PROVINCE-WIDE EMERGENCY AFTER STORM
Manitoba Premiere Brian Pallister had earlier declared a State of Emergency in the province.
City of Winnipeg crews have been working non-stop for more than 48 hours, plowing streets and clearing fallen trees and debris.
It is estimated that the cost of the clean up will be in the tens of millions of dollars.
RESIDENTS ADVISED TO CALL 311 TO REPORT DOWNED POWERLINES
Winnipeggers are told to exercise extreme caution, and call 311 to report fallen trees and downed powerlines.
The City of Winnipeg is also advising residents to only call once to avoid clogging the phone lines.
Mayor Bowman is calling his colleagues at city council to apply for disaster financial assistance from the province.
The State of Emergency will be valid until November 12, 2019.
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