First Waterfront Flood Cleanup Project

The first volunteer effort to clean up the extensive spring flooding damage along the Pembroke waterfront began on Monday.

A group of more than 20 Algonquin College employees worked with the city to clear up debris along the Kiwanis Walkway near the college's waterfont campus. 

Acting Dean Jamie Bramburger says there’s still a lot of work to do, but they wanted to help the popular waterfront area begin to make its comeback for the public this summer.

"It was really clear to us, that given the amount of debris that had washed up along the shoreline, that the City of Pembroke was going to need some help", Bramburger told Pure Country 96.7.

The Algonquin volunteers used rakes, shovels and muscle and the city brought a bucket tractor to help remove the debris. 

"Our employees responded enthusiastically ... they did about three hours of work, and we put a little bit of a dent into the work that needs to be done.  There's still a lot of work to be done, but it certainly looks a little bit better", Bramburger added.

Yesterday's project focused on the debris that had washed ashore during the flooding. (logs, large pieces of wood, branches, leaves, garbage, etc.) 

The college employees worked in partnership with city of Pembroke staff under the direction of Fred Blackstein, who coordinated the clean up efforts.

Anyone else, whether individuals or businesses, wishing to help with the ongoing plan to clean up the waterfront should contact the city of Pembroke to register as volunteers.   

Please call (613) 735-6821 ext. 1409 in order to register.