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Senior trapped by snow dump reached out across the country for help

When winter weather strikes, many North Delta residents have difficulty clearing their sidewalks and driveways. Thankfully, Delta’s Snow Angels program is there to help. - John Wolf/Flickr
When winter weather strikes, many North Delta residents have difficulty clearing their sidewalks and driveways. Thankfully, Delta’s Snow Angels program is there to help.
— image credit: John Wolf/Flickr

A senior citizen who recently moved to Aldergrove found out that there was no local resource to help dig her home out of the snow dump last week.

The 72-year-old woman was trapped inside her rental suite because there was no way to exit the home due to all the snow that had drifted onto her front door and pathway. Being new to the community and having no family members living nearby to assist her, she turned to the internet and appealed for help.

Irene Cawson told The Star that a niece in Edmonton saw her post on Facebook and “she had a friend in Langley who saw it and she came out to Aldergrove to dig me out. And when my neighbours saw what was happening they came out and helped her dig. They had no idea I was stuck inside.”

Cawson said she couldn’t find any resources locally to help her and believes that there should be some sort of referral service to help people who have no friends or family locally to look in on them and ensure they are OK.

“I have surgery coming up and was able to get out and see the doctor that day, but it seems to me that there should be a help line with contacts for services for seniors, whether they’re volunteers or paid services,” said Cawson.

The public is invited to submit suggestions to The Star on this subject. Email your ideas to newsroom@aldergrovestar.com or drop off a letter at The Star’s office, 27118 Fraser Hwy.

 

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