On February 22 - 25 the communities of Chatham and Thamesville were hit by a devastating flood of the Thames River. At its peak, the river was almost 18 feet (more than 5 metres) above normal levels. Many downtown businesses along the river were forced to close, many suffered property damage as well as significant inventory loss. Our Rotary Club office was also surrounded by the flood waters but thankfully the interior of the office remained dry.
 
Our Rotary Club is made up of local citizens who are business owners, and leaders in our community and we knew we had to help. We wanted to do something that could happen quickly and easily and was open to everyone. Therefore, we are holding the "'Flood Our Community with Love" event on Friday, March 9th and Saturday, March 10th to get this recovery started. We are encouraging all Chatham-Kent residents (and beyond) to head to downtown Chatham or Thamesville (or both) and shop, eat, drink and be merry. Every dollar helps get our local businesses back on their feet. 
 
This is not an "exclusive" Rotary event. We encourage other businesses and organizations to piggyback on this event to help raise awareness and bring even more people downtown. The more the merrier! For more information, please contact the Rotary office at 519-354-8300 or email ChathamONRotary@gmail.com.
 
Thank you for your support!
 
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