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Flooding In Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada: State Of Emergency Declared

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Update 2012/06/08
Mayor Keith Hobbs thanks the Honorourable Kathleen Wynne, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, for being in Thunder Bay today to declare the affected lands a disaster area for the purpose of the Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program.
Today the Minister announced up to $3.2 million to assist private owners in Thunder Bay and area, and up to $10 million to assist with the cost of returning the City's infrastructure to pre-flood conditions (source thundebay/ca)

Important contact address/numbers
NorWest Community Health Centres: Phone: 622-8285 Address: 525 Simpson St., Thunder Bay
Emergency Operations Control Group: Phone: 98 FLOOD (983-5663); Email:
*911 only if there is an emergency
Thunder Bay District Health Unit: Phone: 625-5900
Garbage Collection: Phone: 625-2195 for special large rubbish collection service for affected residents and businesses
*625-2195 to report flooding, questions/concerns about City roads and other infrastructure
Thunder Bay Hydro: 343-1111 or after hours 343-1002 – for electrical problems or concerns
Red Cross, Emergency Shelter: Neebing Arena, 1715 Bowler Park Rd (off Broadway Ave)

-City council has asked the province to declare Thunder Bay a disaster area in order to receive financial aid from a relief assistance program.
-Kline Road and portion of Oliver Road still closed.
-Many volunteers at St. Peters Catholic Church in Thunder Bay helped the flood relief efforts (video below).

Update 2012/05/30

-There is report of someone looting a flooded house in Thunder Bay.
-A relief shelter setup by Red Cross to help flood victims in Thunder Bay. The temporary relief shelter at the Neebing Arena on Broadway Avenue has food and water supplies, and 150 cots.
-Dougall Media will host live Intercity broadcast for flood fundraising event. Dougall Media radio stations including 103.5 The Thunder, 91.5 CKPR and Rock94 will be hosting a 12 hour marathon live broadcast at the Intercity Shopping Centre from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 31.

Update 22:45
-The portion of Highway 11/17 near Vibert Road which was washed away could take up to two weeks to repair (video below). Construction workers will have to wait until the water stops flowing before they can begin repairing it.
The following roads are still closed:
• Highway 11/17 in Oliver-Paipoonge
• Highway 130 to Fraser Road
• Highway 590 to Highway 102

TBay Tel President & CEO, Don Campbell made arrangement of installing multiple land lines/phones and phonebooks at St.Peter's Church, East End on Connolly for use by the residents who are without communication lines.

Update 16:50
-According to city officials during a morning news conference, a temporary pumping station is processing just more than half the amount of sewage at the Atlantic Avenue Plant, and that will increase during the next 24 hours.

City Tap Water is Safe to Drink
The Health Unit and the City of Thunder Bay want to reassure the public that city tap water is safe to drink.
For residents and businesses using private well water, the Health Unit is recommending that it is brought to a rolling boil for one minute before consumption.
Well water used for brushing teeth, making baby formula, washing foods and cooking should also be boiled.
This precautionary measure should be taken while water levels are high and until well owners have had their water tested for bacteria.

People are asking how long they can stay safely in their homes with sewage in the basement? well, they can stay in their houses but just don't touch the water.

Update 2012/05/29; 02:17
-Thunder and lightning reported near Kakabeka.
-To conserve water following flooding throughout the district, several community pools are reported to be closed. The Canada Games Complex, Sir Winston Churchill High School, Volunteer Pool, the 55 Plus Centre and the West Thunder Community Centre are reported to be closed.

Weather forecast for Thunder bay
Observed at: Thunder Bay Airport 11:09 PM EDT Monday 28 May 2012
 Light Rain; Temperature (10.2°C); Pressure (100.3 kPa); Visibility (13 km); Humidity (96%); Dew Point (9.5°C); Wind Speed NE 15 km/h.
Tonight: Cloudy. A few showers beginning this evening. Risk of a thunderstorm late this evening and after midnight. Low 8.
Tuesday: Showers. High 11. UV index 3 or moderate.
Tuesday night: A few showers ending in the evening then cloudy. Low plus 3 with risk of frost.
Wednesday: Sunny. High 15.
Thursday: Sunny. Low plus 3. High 19.
Friday: A mix of sun and cloud. Low plus 5. High 16
Saturday: A mix of sun and cloud. Low 7. High 19.
Sunday: Sunny. Low 8. High 20.

Flood warning is in effect for the City of Thunder Bay, and the neighbouring municipalities of Neebing, Oliver Paipoonge, Shuniah and the townships of O’Connor, Conmee, Gilles and Dorion.
Flooding is still occurring in the region at this time.

Below is the statement by Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath on Thunder Bay Flooding
On behalf of Ontario New Democrats I want to express our support for the people of Thunder Bay as you face flooding danger in your community.
I also want to thank emergency officials, local leadership and utility crews for the outstanding job you are doing to keep people safe.
Neighbours are helping neighbours right now all over Thunder Bay because your community has heart.
As we continue to watch the weather, our thoughts are with you. We’ll make sure that you get all the clean-up and rebuilding assistance you need, now and when the waters recede.

-WARNING... Cresting rivers as advised by Lakehead Regional Conservation Authority. In the next 10-15 minutes the municipality will be taking the required action including possible road closure if needed to the Edward St. bridge. Fire, Engineering and other staff on site now. Please do not go near the area for now, avoid the area near the rivers or crossings of the rivers.
-Below is a video showcasing the high waters and various flooding around the Thunder Bay Region.

Update 18:12
-Flood warning continues for the Lakehead Region including The City of Thunder Bay, Municipalities of Neebing, Oliver-Paipoonge, Shuniah, and the Townships of O’Connor, Conmee, Gillies, and Dorion.

Update 16:59
-An update from John Rafferty's office: Mr. Rafferty is currently with the head of the Federal Public Safety Officer, in Kingston and their staff are mobilizing assistance to Thunder Bay region as is Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
-The Lakehead Regional Conservation Authority has declared a flood warning after between 25 and 108 millimetres of rain fell on the area over the last 24 to 36 hours.
--The Neebing River continues to rise at a rate of 15 centimeters per hour. Below is Neebing River at Edward St loaded on May 28. Notice the recreation trail is completely submerged, beyond the blue gate.

Update 16:57

Closed roads: Highway 11-17 from the Harbour expressway to Sistonen’s corner; Fraser Road; Boulter Road; Veley Lan; Twin City Roads; Maki Rd and Mud Lake

Update 16:32
-Around 300 houses flooded. The worst situation is in the East End, Intercity, and Northwoods neighborhoods.
-Oliver Road image. The water has completely taken out driveways, parts of the road (@Jsmithreporting)


Update 16:21
-11/17 closed from Mapleward to Vibert and again from 590 to Holland.
-Officials asking residents not to flush toilets until situation at sewage plant is dealt with.

-Schools already closed this morning include: Crestview, McKenzie, Five Mile, Gorham and Ware, Valley Central, Kakabeka Falls, Whitefish Valley ad Thunder Bay Christian.
-Thunder Bay Chill Spring House League programs at James St., John Jumbo, and South Neebing cancelled for Monday and Tuesday following thunder bay floods.

Photo of flooded highwayvia Camera on iOS

-over sixty basements with flooding reported in East End, Westfort, Northwood areas.
-Northwood Mall is reported be under water.

A state of emergency (condition of urgent need for action or assistance) declared in Thunder Bay region following heavy flooding.
Flood emergency declared for Conmee Township and the Municipality of Oliver Paipoonge.
Heavy rainfall recorded in Thunder Bay and in Oliver Paipoonge. About 108 millimeters of rainfall recorded over the last 24 to 36 hours.
People of Conmee Township and the Municipality of Oliver Paipoonge are said to be on high alert.
Several sections of Highway 11 and 17, Oliver Road, Twin City Crossroads, Fraser Road, Boulter Road, Poleline Road, Veley Lane, Maki Road and Mud Lake Road flooded.
Thunder Bay is a city in and the seat of Thunder Bay District, Ontario, Canada. It is the most populous municipality in Northwestern Ontario.


Below is  a part of article by Canada Mortgage and Housing about flood safety tips (After flood) during flood emergencies.
*Put your own safety first. Avoid electrical shock. Wear rubber boots. Keep extension cords out of the water. Shut the power off to the flooded area at the breaker box. Ask your electrical utility for help if needed.
*Record details of damage, with photos or video if possible. Contact your insurance agent immediately and register with your municipality—your municipality may have resources you need, such as future financial assistance.
*Set up a step-by-step action plan to:
        remove all water, mud and other debris
        dispose of contaminated household goods
        rinse away contamination inside the home
        remove the rinse water
        clean and dry out your house and salvageable possessions.
*Be prepared to make difficult decisions about what to keep and what to throw out. Household items that have been contaminated by sewage, or that have been wet for a long time, will have to be bagged, tagged and discarded according to local regulations.
Assemble equipment and supplies:
       gloves, masks (N95 respirators) and other protective gear
        pails, mops, squeegees and plastic garbage bags
        unscented detergent
        large containers for wet bedding and clothing, and lines to hang them to dry. You may also need to rent extension cords, submersible pumps, wet/dry shop vacuums, and   dehumidifiers or heaters.
Store valuable papers that have been damaged in a freezer until you have time to work on them.

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