Municipal Affairs and Environment
May 31, 2017

Lodging Provided to Mud Lake Residents Displaced by Flooding

The Provincial Government has been granted assistance from the Federal Government to provide longer-term accommodations for residents of Mud Lake who have been displaced from their homes due to flooding.

Approximately 68 residents were evacuated from the Mud Lake area during response operations; of those, a smaller number of families required support in securing temporary accommodations due to limited private sector availability in the area. Temporary accommodations are now being provided for 18 residents at 5 Wing Goose Bay for a period of 30 days, at which time the Federal Government has indicated that it will reassess the situation.

As part of the initial response to the flooding event, the Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment requested assistance and was supported by Public Safety Canada and the Department of National Defence. The Canadian Armed Forces’ Search and Rescue aircraft assisted in airlifting residents during the evacuation phase and have responded to the request for longer-term lodging.

“Our government continues to collaborate with the Federal Government and work with our emergency management partners to provide appropriate supports for residents of Mud Lake. I thank the Canadian Armed Forces and all our emergency management partners, the Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, officials from a number of departments, and the Canadian Red Cross – Newfoundland and Labrador who have worked tirelessly to support those who were impacted. We continue to work on behalf of the residents and help them during this difficult time.”
Honourable Eddie Joyce
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment

“The residents of Mud Lake demonstrated a special character, typical of this community, during the emergency earlier this month. Their relationship with the river was tested, yet their calm approach to adversity was remarkable as so many organizations came to their rescue. The support of 5 Wing Goose Bay during the rescue, and now with their accommodation, is very much appreciated and reflects the strong ties between the military and adjacent communities. My appreciation is extended to all those who have stepped up to assist.”
Honourable Perry Trimper
Minister of Service NL and MHA for Lake Melville

"My heart goes out to the people of Mud Lake and the lower Valley affected by the flooding as well as their friends and families. I was alarmed at the severity of the flooding and immediately began working with my federal government colleagues to ensure that requests for assistance were delivered as quickly as possible. I thank the evacuation teams, first responders, the countless volunteers and everyone who has stepped up to assist the flood victims in the time of their greatest need. It is incredible to see Labradorians come together to support one another by providing water, transportation, lodging, and with the incredible fundraiser held last weekend. The Federal Government will continue to assist the community and assess the disaster relief plan the province puts forward.”
Yvonne Jones
Member of Parliament for Labrador

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