The Salvation Army Involved in the Flood Fight in Portage la Prairie

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Portage la Prairie, MB – With the recent news that the Province of Manitoba is planning a controlled breach of the Assiniboine River in the La Salle River watershed, The Salvation Army is prepared to meet the needs of those who will be impacted by this measure.  The Flood Evacuation Centre in Portage la Prairie is scheduled to be open first thing Wednesday morning to assist evacuees.

“Salvation Army Officer Cadets will travel to Portage la Prairie tomorrow to help support the efforts of The Salvation Army.  These Officer Cadets will be involved in meeting and greeting evacuees, offering emotional and spiritual support as well as addressing immediate personal needs by providing refreshments and personal care packages,” reports Jonathan Hamel, Communications Coordinator with the Prairie Public Relations Department, “Whenever and wherever people are in need, The Salvation Army will always be on the scene giving hope and comfort.”

The Emergency Disaster Services response vehicle will also be on hand to support the needs of those engaged in sandbagging operations and flood response preparations by providing food and hot beverages.

Anyone wishing to financially support the efforts of The Salvation Army may do so online at www.salvationarmy.ca/floods2011 or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY. People wishing to volunteer in the fight against the flood may contact The Salvation Army in Portage la Prairie at (204) 239-7213 or The Salvation Army Prairie Division at (204) 975-1033.