05/05/2012 03:33 EDT | Updated 07/05/2012 05:12 EDT

Flood damage focus of Winnipeg trade show

Homeowners needing help to repair the damage of flooding around Lake Manitoba's in 2011 were invited to a trade show featuring contractors who specialize in that kind of work.

The event, dubbed the Lake Manitoba Flood Re-Build Trade Show, was set for Saturday until 4 p.m. CT at the Canad Inns Club Regent Hotel in Winnipeg.

Show organizers said the goal is to connect skilled contractors with owners of flood-damaged properties.

Andrew Coleman told CBC News he set up the show after hearing from many people who were having trouble finding what they needed.

"They were having real trouble finding contractors to go up there and do the work that needs to be done," Coleman said. "You know, they just didn't have the time to find someone. So that's what I did, I found them."

The event will include speakers on such topics as repairing foundations, mould testing and cottage lifting and levelling.

"There's going to be excavators and landscapers [and] people to test your water," Coleman added. "All kinds of contractors that people have been asking for."

Coleman said more than 30 businesses and contractors will be on hand to answer questions and provide advice.

Admission is free.