Grand Portage Retro Rock Review to benefit flood victims in Thunder Bay
Heavy rains dumped about four inches of rain on Thunder Bay the last weekend in May and left the city in a state of emergency. Roads were washed out or had water running across them and hundreds of basements flooded with water, requiring the municipal utility department to shut off electricity to some homes. Then the city’s sole sewage treatment facility, the Atlantic Avenue Secondary Sewage Plant, failed and added to the flooding.
In order to reduce water usage, the city turned off its fountains and closed numerous facilities including the Canada Games Complex, the 55 Plus Centres, and the West Thunder Community Centre.
The Salvation Army and the Canadian Red Cross became involved in relief efforts, providing meals and transportation, and set up a relief fund to help homeowners recoup some of the costs of dealing with the emergency and its aftermath.
According to the city of Thunder Bay’s website, as of June 6, roughly 900 flood victims had registered with the Canadian Red Cross. Thunder Bay Mayor Keith Hobbs said, “We are the City with a Giant Heart and our people have a history of rallying together to help one another. We want everyone to check on their neighbours to make sure they are in good health, ask if they need help and encourage them to register with the Red Cross for clean-up assistance. We want to make sure that no one is left behind.”
The community of Grand Portage will be lending its neighbor a helping hand. According to Grand Portage Lodge & Casino Marketing Director Frank Vecchio, all ticket sales from the Retro Rock Review Friday, June 29 and Saturday, June 30 will be donated to help with flood relief efforts.
The weekend of entertainment features music from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Bands include the Hoolies and Kiss Army Live on Friday and Boogie Wonderland, The Zep Show, and Smash Mouth on Saturday. Numerous Smash Mouth songs were featured in the movie Shrek. Tickets are $10 for Friday or $25 for the both days and can be purchased at Grand Portage Lodge or by calling 1(800) 543-1384.