People in Churchill, Manitoba are bracing for higher prices for food and other goods as well as a big hit to the tourism industry. Rail service to the remote community has been suspended until winter due to damage from spring flooding. That means goods and people must now travel by air. A hotel owner in the town Belinda Fitzpatrick says she expects some guests who were planning to come by train will cancel instead of paying more to fly. She says it’s really unfortunate with the Canada 150 celebrations they were really looking forward to a bumper of a year, it was going to be really busy but hopefully they can still try and save some of that.
The Emergency Measures Organization of Manitoba Infrastructure has assembled a team to co-ordinate provincial support. Senior provincial officials have met with Churchill Mayor Michael Spence and are engaged with community groups and businesses in the region and the province has been advised that Calm Air will be providing freight service twice a week from Thompson to Churchill.