Kevin Abrams, his wife Danna and family pets have been displaced from their home in a section of Pembroke, ONT because of flood waters from the Ottawa River. Private insurance and special government emergency funding is an unknown at this point as first responders have not been able to assess the damage to a small group of those most affected. Their home, with photos, furniture, personal effects and lots of special times and memories, are now gone.
Late last week, heavy rains and melting snow provided the perfect storm on the Ottawa River, with waters cresting 2.7 metres (nine feet) and rising in some areas targeting the City of Pembroke. According to Pembroke Mayor Michael LeMay, as reported in the Ottawa Citizen May 10, 2019, "It's the highest its ever been. Our waterfront is a mess, and the cresting keeps changing," said LeMay.
For the updated story and additional photos visit this link:https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/uncharted-territory-flooding-on-upper-ottawa-river-exceeds-historic-high
While every life and property is no more valuable than another, it is important to understand that Kevin Abrams is the Commissioner of the Central Canada Hockey League (CCHL) located in the Ottawa region. He is a strong advocate for player development and academic achievement in Canada and the United States, and has spent countless hours leading the efforts to enhance and strengthen the CCHL.
For the future financial unknowns, we have begun this GoFundMe page. By providing a back-stop to remake, rebuild or potentially to relocate, these funds will help Kevin and his family, while he continues to lead the CCHL. Danna volunteered and arranged a fund raiser through GoFundMe for a neighbor who lost a home to fire.
If you've ever had Mother Nature throw you a curve, or if others have ever helped you, another family or a friend, please consider a donation. Insurance is capped at only 30,000CAD and disaster relief is unknown at the present time. The expected damages could be 10 times higher than the cap.
Since 2012, I have worked with Kevin scouting and recruiting players to the CCHL from the U.S.. I cannot imagine what Kevin and Danna are going through. With full cooperation from others in closer proximity to Kevin in Pembroke, we are trying to lessen the financial hardship they are facing.--Scott Carroll
Updates will be provided as Kevin and Danna know more about their situation. Kevin and Danna have agreed to share all excess proceeds with neighbors.