/R E V I S I O N from Source - EMO Coordinating Provincial Response To Flooding In Thunder Bay Area/



    Local Townships Affected By Heavy Rainfall, Roads Washed Out

    TORONTO, June 6 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Communities in the Thunder Bay area have declared a state of emergency
due to heavy rainfall that has washed out roads and isolated many residents.
Emergency Management Ontario (EMO)
(http://www.emergencymanagementontario.ca/english/home.html) is working with
local officials and provincial ministries to coordinate the response to this
event.
    The townships of O'Connor, Conmee and Gillies, as well as the Fort
William First Nation, have all declared emergencies. Neighbouring townships,
such as Shuniah, Oliver-Paipoonge and Dorion, and unincorporated territories,
such as Nolala, have also been affected by the storm.
    The Ministry of Transportation (MTO)
(http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/index.html)is working with the Ontario
Provincial Police (http://www.opp.ca/english.htm) and local officials to make
the communities accessible once again.
    Some families living in low-lying areas have left their homes and are now
with relatives or friends.
    Experts from the Ministry of Natural Resources
(http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/index.html) are monitoring the rivers and lakes
in the area to determine potential risks. Residents, especially children, are
advised to stay away from local waterways. The Lakehead Water Conservation
Authority has issued a flood warning (http://www.lakeheadca.com/).

    QUOTES

    "We're working hard to ensure the safety of area residents," said
Community Safety and Correctional Services Minister Rick Bartolucci
(http://www.mcscs.jus.gov.on.ca/english/about_min/bio.html). "EMO and other
provincial officials are in close contact with local leaders to assess and
respond to their needs."

    QUICK FACTS
    
    -   Road closure information is available through the MTO Road
        Information Line at 1-800-268-4686.

    -   Approximately 80 millimetres of rain fell in the Thunder Bay area
        earlier today and more precipitation is expected in the next
        24 hours.
    

    LEARN MORE

    Current state of flooding throughout the province
(http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/Business/EmergencyManagement/2ColumnSubPage/23949
6.html).

    Prepare for possible flooding
(http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/Business/EmergencyManagement/2ColumnSubPage/24005
3.html).

    How to put together an emergency survival kit
(http://www.emergencymanagementontario.ca/english/prepare/athome/athome.html).

    
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For further information:

For further information: Laura Blondeau, Minister's Office, (416)
325-4973; Patrice Cloutier, Communications Branch, (416) 326-9195

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