A fourth cargo flight from Buffalo Airways arrived in the Village of Fort Simpson Saturday evening with pallets of food and other supplies to assist in the flood emergency.
Joe McBryan, president of the airline, said he’s happy to continue to assist as some of his employees gathered items on skids and loaded them onto an awaiting plane.
Saturday’s flight was the fourth since Wednesday, McBryan said.
“I went on the first one because I know the area and the people,” he said, noting decades of helicopter and plane service he has provided to the region.
“So I know most of the people and they have been very good to us and are very down to Earth. We donated the first flight, really just to get the ball rolling,” said McBryan.
He said more than five tonnes, or 11,602 lbs of goods were sent to the community on Saturday. Items included about 200 independently prepared hampers for families.
Although he said he has involved in providing many types of emergency cargo assistance over the years – including for floods and forest fires – he said this emergency is unlike other floods he has seen in the past.
Food and supplies came from the Yellowknife Direct Charge Co-op and Rochdi Independent Grocer.
Loblaws provided a statement on behalf of Yellowknife’s Rochdi’s Your Independent Grocer confirming the store has been helping those affected by the flood.
“Rochdi Mortada, the owner of Rochdi’s Your Independent Grocer in Yellowknife, has been in contact with local officials to offer support and has already donated essential items including water,” Loblaws stated on Saturday afternoon.