9:30 a.m., Sept. 13)
Flood baby gets special visit from Premier Wynne
By Fred Sherwin
Bou-Rjeili family of Cumberland got an unexpected visit
from a special guest earlier this month and they have
the pictures to prove it.
a visit to the flood-ravaged areas of Cumberland Village
last spring, Ottawa Premier Kathleen Wynne was invited
to return to the area once the water had receded by residents
Michel and Maggie Bourbonnais.
Premier Kathleen Wynne holds baby Tilania during a recent
unscheduled visit to flood damaged properties in Cumberland
with Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and Ottawa-Orléans MPP Marie-France
Lalonde. Photo supplied
took them up on their offer during a recent visit to the
National Capital Region and brought Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson
with her along with Ottawa-Orléans MPP Marie-France Lalonde,
Glengarry-Prescott-Russell MPP Grant Crack and Cumberland
Ward city coun-cillor Stephen Blais.
Bou-Rjeili and Erica Fleming are the Bourbonnais’ next
door neighbours who made headlines in the spring when
Erica, then nine months pregnant, had to be evacuated,
along with their three-year-old son Tristan, after the
power was shut off.
gave birth to baby Tilania two weeks later. After hearing
the Bou-Rjeili’s story, Premier Wynne wanted to meet the
family during her recent visit.
many other local residents whose homes were flooded last
spring, the Bou-Rejeilis are still in a state of limbo
as they try to figure out how to pay for repairs to their
weren’t insured against flooding, not because they chose
not to be, but because their insurance carrier refused
to provide it. They were hoping to get some funding from
the federal government, but the relief funding will only
cover those parts of the house that are the “primary living
constitutes “primary living space” has become a bone of
Bou-Rejeilis have a fully furnished basement, or at least
they did before the flood. When the power was cut off
to the area days after the flooding began, the pumps went
quite and the basement filled with water, destroying all
the contents and doing irreparable damage to the walls
has gutted his basement, but is holding off on repairs
until the flood relief issue is resolved. As far as he
is concerned the basement is a “primary living space”.
spend a lot of time in there. All of my son’s toys were
in there and my parents sleep down there whenever they
visit,” says Bou-Rjeili.
the damage to the basement and the floor of their kitchen,
which has to be replaced, the Bou-Rejeilis still feel
blessed with the addition of baby Taliana to their family.
am very grateful,” says Bou-Rjeili who has been watching
the coverage of Hurricane Irma on the news knowing that
things could always be a lot worse..
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