EMO Coordinating Provincial Response To Flooding In Thunder Bay Area

    Local Townships Affected By Heavy Rainfall, Roads Washed Out

    TORONTO, June 6 /CNW/ -


    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
    The townships of O'Connor, Conmee and Gillies, as well as the Fort
William First Nation, have all declared emergencies. The City of Thunder Bay
has activated its emergency operations centre to help its neighbours and
monitor its own situation. Neighbouring townships, such as Shuniah and Dorion,
and unincorporated territories, such as Nolala, have also been affected by the
    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 and some students who go to school in Thunder Bay
may not be able to return home tonight because of road closures. The Ministry
of Education (http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/) is working with area school
boards and municipal officials to provide accommodations for those who can't
reach their family.
    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/).


    "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."

    -   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 another 20-30 is expected in the next 24 hours.


    Current state of flooding throughout the province
    Prepare for possible flooding
    How to put together an emergency survival kit

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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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