Little help in a time of need

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On May 4, I called the municipality of Isle-aux-Allumettes to ask for sand bags. We were told we could drive to the municipal garage in DC to get some. The municipality’s public announcement said there was a limit of 50 bags per household. What a laugh! We used nearly 200 for one section. “Drive and pick up sand in what?!” I asked. Every other municipality has a truck.

On May 4, I called the municipality of Isle-aux-Allumettes to ask for sand bags. We were told we could drive to the municipal garage in DC to get some. The municipality’s public announcement said there was a limit of 50 bags per household. What a laugh! We used nearly 200 for one section. “Drive and pick up sand in what?!” I asked. Every other municipality has a truck. I asked why they were not helping residents by providing them with loads of sand to save their homes and possessions. The reply: “we can’t afford that!”
I nearly lost it! I have been helping strangers and friends on both sides of the border in this time of need; sandbagging, bringing food, opening my home. I pay over $4,500 a year for taxes with no road maintenance, no mail delivery, and I don’t use the dump. Other people pay good taxes too. And when help is needed in a disaster, this is what we get from our own community leaders?
I am so ashamed to say I live in Isle-aux-Allumettes right now. I ended up purchasing a truck load of sand from Flemings who brought it out quickly for the nine people bagging here. Laurier, a town worker, was kind enough
to come out to assess my place after the phone call.
Shame on the council. I will be at the next town meeting to get an explanation for this treatment.

Annette and Rick Dagenais
L’ISLE-AUX-ALLUMETTES