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News conference on the Province's disaster response to the flood at Anita Place Tent City | Monday September 17th, 2:00pm at Anita Place Tent CIty, 223rd and St Anne Ave in Maple Ridge
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Tent in Anita Place tent city destroyed by the hailstorm and flood
For Immediate Release
Monday September 17th

After the flood: Anita Place tent city residents to speak out about the Province's disaster response and permanent homelessness

MAPLE RIDGE, UNCEDED KATZIE & KWANTLEN TERRITORY: On Friday September 14th, a snap hailstorm and flood mostly destroyed the year and a half old Anita Place tent city. The camp's approximately 100 residents say their tents were leveled and poles and canopies snapped by hail while a 4-foot wall of water crashed through camp, soaking and washing away their belongings.

The Maple Ridge fire department and Province of British Columbia responded to the flood by treating it as a disaster. Fire Chief Exner opened an emergency night-by-night response shelter in the Rec Centre and BC Housing promised to provide resources to replace tents, tarps, and bedding lost in the flood in order to make residents warm and dry. But three days later, most camp residents are still stuck with soaked mattresses and blankets, and broken tents.

Does the BC government respond differently to victims of a natural disaster if they are already homeless? And why does it take a flood for the BC government only recognize homelessness as a disaster?

Come to a news conference to hear homeless residents of Anita Place speak out after the flood

What: News conference
When: Monday September 17th, 2:00pm
Where: Outside Anita Place tent city, 223rd Street at St. Anne Ave, Maple Ridge (2 blocks south of Lougheed Highway, just east of the Haney Bypass turnoff)

For information contact listen chen, Alliance Against Displacement, 778-737-7745

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