Volunteers urgently needed to continue sandbag removal in West Carleton

Volunteers, age 16 and over, are urgently needed to continue the sandbag removal efforts in Fitzroy Harbour, Constance Bay and Dunrobin, this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The volunteer effort is more than moving sandbags. It is helping those individuals and families, whose homes were devastated by the floodwaters and lives turned upside down, make a move forward towards recovery.

The City would like to thank the many volunteers who generously provided their time, work and donations to the flood recovery efforts so far. It clearly exemplified Ottawa’s long-standing reputation of being a larger city with a small-town heart – ready to rally support behind those in-need.

If you are able to help move sandbags from residential properties to the side of the road for pick up, please report to the clean-up meeting point at the Constance Bay Community Centre at the following dates and times:

  • Friday, May 26, between 2 to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 27, between 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 28, between 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Volunteers will be deployed to and from the clean-up meeting point above to the affected areas in Fitzroy, Dunrobin and Constance Bay by a shuttle bus.

If you need a ride, we will help you get there. OC Transpo shuttle service will be available at the Eagleson Park and Ride on Saturday and Sunday, running every two hours to the Constance Bay Community Centre and back, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Volunteers will be supplied with gloves and are required to carry heavy sandbags. Comfortable clothing with long sleeves, pants and boots is recommended.

In addition, parking is available on site each day or at Eagleson Park and Ride (Highway 417 and Eagleson) on Saturday and Sunday. The Salvation Army will be providing food and drinks to those volunteering.

If the volunteer capacity has been reached, we will alert you on the City of Ottawa’s Twitter and Facebook pages. You do not need to have a Twitter or Facebook account to access these pages.

The City and West Carleton residents thank you, in advance, for providing a helping hand this weekend. This is a community issue that requires community spirit, compassion and resolve to help those residents in-need.