On July 23, 2016, an F1 tornado touched down south of Portage la Prairie. The storm levelled trees, flipped cars and demolished homes throughout southern Manitoba, including in the community of Long Plain First Nation.
While our own infrastructure was unaffected by the massive storm, we were conscious that many people of Long Plain were not so lucky.
In addition to the physical destruction, the town lost power for 48 hours and hundreds of people had to be evacuated. In response, we did what any good neighbour would do – we pitched in to lend a hand.
After conferring with community leaders, TransCanada began distributing emergency generators, first-aid kits, mini-flashlights, food gift cards and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to help First Nation responders in their efforts.
Afterward, TransCanada also helped assess the long-term needs of the community through our Community Investment program.
According to TransCanada Aboriginal Liaison Steve Loney, it’s all part of “Giving back to the communities that we operate in.”
Loney himself was instrumental in organizing a cleanup crew to clear trees from a farmer’s fence, so that the farmer could make repairs and keep his livestock contained.
“Of all the agencies we worked with on this emergency, TransCanada provided the most timely and meaningful assistance.” - Craig Blacksmith, Housing Advisor, Dakota Plains First Nation.
While we might never be able to predict when a natural disaster will strike, we’ll always be there for our communities.