CUMBERLAND BAY, NB – Six days after Arthur tore through the rural community of Cumberland Bay, most of the nearly 500 residents are still without power.
In a community where many homes use electric water pumps to get water from wells, no power means not only no electricity, but also no running water.
“We were worried about them,” said Heather Keay, a resident of Cumberland Bay who spent hours Wednesday going door-to-door with water and ice for seniors in the community.
“A lot of them are alone. A lot of them have gone somewhere else. And there’s people who have not probably seen people in a while and may have just appreciated even saying hello,” she said.
Keay worked along with her friend Margaret Chambers. The pair got the water from a resource centre in Chipman, about 15 kms from Cumberland Bay.
Both women have also been without power for six days, but said they were fortunate because they could get in their cars and drive.
“It’s not too bad, just like living camp style,” Chambers said, adding that on Wednesday some of her neighbours invited her over for coffee.
The pair said they did not want to be recognized for their work, because they were just doing what any good neighbour would do.
“With the storms coming this day and age,” said Keay. “Neighbours and people have to start helping each other and checking in on each other.”