P.E.I. Red Cross volunteer helping in N.B.

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The Canadian Red Cross in P.E.I. is reaching out to help those without power in New Brunswick.

Laura Montigny, provincial director of the Canadian Red Cross in P.E.I., said she dispatched one volunteer on Thursday and is prepared to send more.

NB Power reported Thursday that some 35,000 clients remain without power, six days after hurricane Arthur swept through the province.

At the storm’s peak, more than 140,000 customers were without power in New Brunswick.

“Yesterday I phoned Lynn McLeod who is one of our seasoned volunteers,’’ Montigny said. “She’s been with us for about 10 years and she’s one of our team leaders. Her specific expertise is in (the area of) shelter.’’

The Red Cross has been distributing up to 90,000 bottles of water per day to those affected in New Brunswick while the call centre continues to receive requests from residents for assessments.

Montigny said when she sent out the email to her Island staff looking for volunteers she was overwhelmed with the response.

“It was nice to see so many respond ‘I can go, I can go’.’’

McLeod is expected back in P.E.I. by today at which time she will be debriefed and share her experience with other Red Cross volunteers.

Organizations: Red Cross, NB Power

Geographic location: New Brunswick

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