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Grand Forks resident still recovering from historic 2018 flood

Grand Forks resident still recovering from historic 2018 flood
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In that time, area resident Barbara McClelland has been forced to live without many things that most people take for granted: flooring, drywall and cabinets, to name a few.

McClelland’s one-storey, 926-square-foot home is approximately three blocks from the Kettle River. Despite that seemingly safe distance, she said there were four feet of water in her yard during peak flooding in 2018.

Almost one year since historic flooding in #GrandForks and Barbara McLelland is still living without flooring, drywall, and cabinets in the south ruckle neighbourhood. pic.twitter.com/i9hicshglO

“I lost all my appliances. Right now, I had a fridge donated but I was able to buy a new stove. I don’t have any cupboards. We had to tear out all the floors and rebuild them.”

For McClelland, the rebuilding process has dragged on far too long.

“I’m just surprised that it’s taken so long for any help,” said McClelland, who says she has received $40,000 in provincial funding — enough to cover some of her rebuilding costs but not all. “We’re almost at a year now.”

McClelland says that when she bought her home seven years ago, it was mostly restored, with only the windows needing to be replaced. McClelland put money into the home and then the flood hit.

“Lots of people were in this position: our houses had all been redone. Mine was all renovated,” said McClelland . “I had put in new windows and everything in. I had nothing left to do to my house.

“I ended up having to replace all my electrical, my plumbing. I didn’t have enough money to put my house back together from what I got from the government.”

According to the provincial government, financial flood assistance was made available to affected Grand Forks residents through a new program.

reportedly provided nine rounds of financial assistance, from July 2018 to March 2019. The program was to “assist primary residence households that have been deemed uninhabitable by the local government.”

The government added that assistance may be available for homeowners who have not received disaster financial assistance from the province, or for tenants experiencing financial hardship.

McClelland figures she’s $20,000 short of having her home rebuilt.

According to McClelland, local church members have offered free labour if she can fund the supplies.

McLelland says she is $20k short of fully rebuilding her home after historic flooding in #GrandForks last spring. Church members have offered free labour if she can fund the supplies. pic.twitter.com/5q13IXyLMn

McClelland said that immediately after the flooding, she moved in with her son in nearby Greenwood for six months while her home was deemed uninhabitable. The only reason she moved back home was to prevent possible theft.

She claims people were breaking into empty and abandoned homes after the flooding.

“That’s the only reason I’m back in my home,” said McClelland. “I’m living out of boxes.
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