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Flood Update: Residents Reminded of Ongoing Risk

May 29, 2012, 10:00 am – As flooding starts to recede, residents are reminded of ongoing risk and the City is changing focus today to assessment of damaged infrastructure followed by repairs.

“Although the damaging rain and flooding came on quickly and suddenly, the full recovery will take time – days and even weeks,” said Mayor Keith Hobbs.

“The sun is shining today but the water levels, particularly the Neebing River, remain high.  It’s not business as usual – people should take extreme care,” said Police Chief J.P. Levesque.  “Everyone needs to put safety first.”

Today the City will assess the Edward Street Bridge, roads and trails that were closed Monday and notice will be given when they re-open.

The City, through a temporary pumping station, is processing just over half the typical amount of sewage through the Atlantic Avenue Secondary Sewage Treatment Plant and steps will be taken over the next 24 hours to increase pumping capacity.   The Declaration of Emergency will remain in place until further notice.

Water levels remain high.  Residents are reminded to exercise caution when travelling in the area of waterways.  The Lakehead Region Conservation Authority will issue further details this morning. 

The following facilities remain closed until further notice: the Canada Games Complex, Churchill and Volunteer Pools, the 55 Plus Centre and the West Thunder Community Centre.

Residents and businesses are reminded to minimize the amount of water that is flushed or released down the drain, where possible, until further notice. City tap water is safe to drink [However, the Thunder Bay District Health Unit recommends those on private well water should bring the well water to a rolling boil for one minute before consumption].

As the East End was particularly hard hit by flooding, City crews installed portable toilets in Charry Park at Pacific and McBain by the Emergency Command Post and the Salvation Army will be in the area providing food and water starting at 11 a.m. for lunch and 6 p.m. for dinner. 

The short-term reception centre is in place at the Neebing Arena. By end of day on Monday, two persons attended the centre to ask for information and no persons made use of the available transportation from the staging area at the Slovak Legion, 801 Atlantic Avenue. The reception centre will remain available, if required, and residents are encouraged to call 211 for more information.

Important contact numbers:

  • Thunder Bay Hydro – 343-1111 or after hours 343-1002 – for electrical problems or concerns
  • Infrastructure & Operations – 625-2195 – to report flooding or for questions or concerns about City roads and other City infrastructure
  • Ministry of Transportation – 511 – for information about provincially-owned highways
  • 211 for general information and details on reception centre
  • 911 should only be called if there is an emergency

Further emergency updates will be issued through the media as required.

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Contact: Brandon Walker, Communications Officer, 625-2438