June 13, 2017 2:47 pm
Updated: June 19, 2017 12:17 pm

Montreal firefighters stage fundraising blitz for flood victims

David Samuelson throws debris from his flooded house onto a pile on his driveway in the Pierrefonds borough of Montreal Sunday, May 14, 2017. Montreal firefighters announced a fundraising blitz to help victims dealing with the aftermath of May's devastating floods. Tuesday, June 13, 2017.

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Montreal firefighters are holding a fundraising blitz across the island Monday to help residents affected by the recent floods.

The May floods left many residents homeless, while others face the daunting task of rebuilding.

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And it’s that awareness of tough times ahead that motivated the firefighters association to act.

“The interventions we carried out at the height of the crisis clearly showed that the shock and stress suffered by the victims could lead to difficult times and periods of discouragement at the moment of recovery,” Ian Lefebvre, project organizer and captain of the 51st fire station in the West Island, said.

Some 2,400 firefighters will be  out on the busiest streets of Montreal to collect donations June 19, in what has been described as a 24-hour fundraising blitz.

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The money raised will be given to the Red Cross fund for flood victims.

Firefighters are counting on the generosity of fellow Montrealers to help flood victims cover costs related to temporary preventative measures, short-term housing and replacing essential housing items not covered by the financial aid program set up by the Quebec government during the crisis.

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