THUNDER BAY, ON ----- May 22, 2013 – We don't expect any precipitation from Wed. Afternoon to Thurs. Evening. Following additional rainfall overnight, Monday the City’s Atlantic Avenue Water Pollution Control Plant performed to expectation. Lakehead Region Conservation Authority issued a “Flood Warning” Sunday due to rising water levels in area waterways. It is expected to revert to “Watch” status Wednesday morning.
“The Needing River is two meters lower than it was at this time last year. We had what they call a five- to 10-year return this year, versus the 100-year return last year.” the LRCA is reporting
“We are pleased to report that over the last 24 hours, the Atlantic Avenue Water Pollution Control Plant performed well with no major operational issues,” said Darrell Matson, General Manager of Infrastructure & Operations. “We do know that a number of residents have experienced water in their basements from the heavy rains and we encourage people to take advantage of the City’s Residential Drainage Assistance Program. A subsidy for drainage improvements and flood proofing measures is available.”
Roads in and around the City are still experiencing ponding and flooding. Any roads covered with water should be avoided – seek alternate routes.
The following road closures are still in effect: Arundel Street between Toledo Street and Lyon Boulevard, Melbourne Road between Hilldale Road and Hazelwood Drive, Toms Road north of John Street, Chippewa Road between City Road and Chippewa Park, Mapleward Road between Arthur and Highway 11/17, and the Kline Road Extension is also closed. The recreation trail under the Edward Street Bridge and the trail that runs under the Harbour Expressway are also closed. Trail monitoring will continue over the next 24 hours.
Chippewa Park is closed and will re-open once Chippewa Road is repaired. All City waterways are still being closely monitored. Once rivers and creeks recede, Infrastructure & Operations will commence any necessary road repairs.
“We are thankful that Thunder Bay did not receive as much rain as was forecasted,” said Mayor Keith Hobbs. “We still remind residents to stay safe and use extreme caution when travelling throughout the City and area. Public safety is our top priority. We urge motorists and pedestrians to take extra care if you are on the roads and trails, and please take extra care with children when outdoors.”
Fort William First Nation has declared a state of emergency following the heavy rainfall with affected families beginning to be evacuated. The EOC is working closely with the community.
Important contact numbers:
· Infrastructure & Operations – 625-2195 – to report flooding or for questions or concerns about City roads and other City infrastructure
· Thunder Bay Hydro – 343-1111 or after hours 343-1002 – for electrical problems or concerns
· Ministry of Transportation – 511 – for information about provincially-owned highways
· 911 should only be called if there is an emergency