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Portland raftsmen get help from TPDCo

Published:Friday | November 18, 2016 | 10:13 AM

Rio Grande raftsmen in Portland have received monetary assistance from the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) to help replace their rafts which were destroyed in last months heavy rains.

Sixty-eight raft-captains were dealt a crippling-blow during the heavy rains when the Rio Grande overflowed its banks and destroyed more than 70 bamboo rafts.

Yesterday, the raft-captains were each handed cheques totalling $7,500 to help restore their vessels.

West Portland MP Daryl Vaz says the privately funded West Portland Development Fund contributed $2,500 to each raftsman.

The ticketing office and raft-stand at Berrydale in the Rio Grande valley, which was also flooded has since been restored.