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UPDATE State of Emergency Declared in City of Brantford in Response to Flooding Crisis

State of Emergency Declared in City of Brantford In Response to Flooding Crisis

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

At 10:30 am the City of Brantford declared a state of emergency due to the ongoing flooding crisis impacting the neighborhoods of Holmedale, Old West Brant and Eagle Place.  People in those areas are strongly urged to evacuate immediately.

 

The City of Brantford’s Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) was convened as of 5:30 am this morning in response to the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) Flood Message #5 advising of flood warnings in the floodplain in Glen Morris on the West Bank of the Grand River. Residents in Glen Morris can expect flooding similar to that experienced in June 2017.

 

Due to current flooding conditions and risks of further flooding throughout the day, the City’s Emergency Operations Centre issued an immediate evacuation call at 8:00 am for the following areas of the City of Brantford:Flood Evacuation Area below:

 

  • Holmedale
  • Old West Brant (surrounding Princess Anne Park and Cockshutt Park in areas encompassing Mount Pleasant Street to the River)
  • Eagle PlaceEvacuation Areas Bt

 

If they haven’t already, residents in these areas should immediately evacuate north out of the floodplain area of the City.

Those requiring shelter are encouraged to go to the:

Woodman Community Centre

491 Grey St, Brantford, ON N3S 7L7

OR

Assumption College Gynasium

257 Shellard’s Lane

 

Pets can be brought to the evacuation centres where they will be picked up and sheltered by the Brant SPCA. 

 

Those requiring transportation to evacuate are encouraged to go to the following intersections where Brantford Transit buses will be available to assist people to evacuate:

 

  • Eagle Ave and Foster St.
  • Baldwin and Erie Ave
  • Paul at Spring St.
  • Sherwood at Catherine St.
  • Erie Ave and Aberdeen Ave

 

The following existing and NEW closures will remain in effect until further notice:

 

PRIMARY ROADS

  • Gilkinson Street
  • Grand River Ave (Stirling to Waterloo)
  • Ballantyne Drive to Daubiny Park
  • River Road & Birkett’s Lane (Erie Ave to Baldwin Ave)
  • Lorne Bridge
  • Veterans Memorial Parkway

Detour Areas Bt

 

FULL LIST OF ROAD CLOSURES

Streetname:

Aberdeen Ave, Alexander Dr, Baldwin Ave, Balfour St, Ballantyne Dr, Barker St, Birkett Lane Bowes Ave, Brunswick St, Canada Crt, Carlyle St, Catharine Ave, Cayuga St, Chestnut Ave, Cindy Crt, Clarence St S, Colborne St W, Division St, Dorothy St, Dover Ave, Dryden St, Eagle Ave, Edwin St, Eighth Ave, Elliott Ave, Erie Ave, Fifth Ave, Fifth Ave, Fordview Crt, Foster St, Frank St, Fuller Crt, Gilkison St, Gilkison St, Gladstone Ave, Grand River Ave, Greenwich St, Harriett St, Heagerty St, Hill St, Holme St, Huron St, Icomm Dr, Jamieson Crt, John St, Jubilee Ave, Kitchener Ave, Leonard St, Lewis St, Lida St, Lyndsay St, Marie Ave, Market St South, Marlene Ave, McKenzie Ave, Morrell St, Mount Pleasant St, Newport St, Ninth Ave, Norwich St, Passmore Crt, Patricia St, Pontiac St, Port St, Raleigh St, Reade St, Richardson St, River Rd, Robertson Ave, Rose Ave, Salisbury Ave, Sanderson St, Seventh Ave, Sheldon St, Sherwood Dr, Simpson St, Sixth Ave, Spalding Dr, St. Paul Ave, Stinson Ave, Stirton Ave, Strathcona Ave, Sunset Ave, Superior St, Tecumseh St, Tenth Ave, Wade Ave, Walnut St, Water St, Watson Ave, Webster St, Welsh St, Whitehead St, Wilkes St, Winniett St, Yorkshire St.

 

The above referenced road closures and detour will be in effect until further notice.

 

 

 

BUILDINGS/TRAILS

 

  • All City Trails along the River
  • TB Costain
  • Market Centre Parkade
  • Childs Paradise Too daycare centre
  • Eagle Place Community Centre
  • 1 Sherwood Drive
  • Entry to D’Aubigny Park
  • Brantford Charity Casino
  • Eagle Place Community Centre
  • Woodman Centre for regular programming

 

 

BUS ROUTES

 

  • Routes #5 and #6 have been suspended until further notice
  • Route #1 is currently being detoured

 

 

PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

Agnes Hodge

Bellview

Ecole Dufferin

Lansdown Costain

Princess Elizabeth

Joseph Brant Learning Centre & Education Centre

 

 

 

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS

 

  • Jean Vanier

 

Residents from the impacted areas are being asked to not return to their homes until further notice.  Any resident requiring assistance with retrieval of pets or medication are asked to call the City of Brantford Contact Centre at 519-759-4150 so that appropriate services will be redirected accordingly.

 

Union Gas and Brantford Power are aware of the outage areas and have discontinued services to those areas affected until further notice.

 

The City’s provincial counterparts are fully aware of the situation and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs has offered a full host of resources and assistance as required.

 

The Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) will continue to monitor the situation from Emergency Command throughout the day and hourly updates will be shared on the City’s website as required at www.brantford.ca, and on the City’s primary social media accounts at:

 

facebook.com/CityofBrantford | @CityofBrantford

 

 

The City is very grateful for the outpouring of support from the community and neighbouring partners regarding those who would like to volunteer or make donations. City officials are currently managing the situation and will do an outreach to the public for volunteers if and when required.

 

 

WARNINGS TO THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE

 

The public is reminded to exercise extreme caution around all water bodies. Banks adjacent to rivers and creeks are very slippery at this time and, when combined with current weather conditions, pose a VERY serious hazard. Parents are encouraged to keep their children and pets away from all watercourses and off frozen water bodies, which will be extremely unsafe as a result of the warming trend.

 

Updated flood messages will be issued as conditions develop and updated forecast information becomes available.

 

PLEASE AVOID THE IMPACTED AREA. The City is receiving reports that people are making their way to the area to get a look at the intensity of the flooding. Please stay away from the impacted area so that those impacted can be safely evacuated and first responders and emergency services can get to residents in need of assistance to evacuate.

 

 

ADDITIONAL REFERENCE

 

CITY OF BRANTFORD FEBRUARY 21, 2018 FLOOD FAQ (links to attached FAQ)

CITY OF BRANTFORD QUESTION AND ANSWER

February 21, 2018 – 12:30 pm

QUESTION ANSWER
What areas are to be evacuated? ·         Eagle Place—all parts

·         Homedale—all parts

·         Old West Brant– (surrounding Princess Anne Park and Cockshutt Park in areas encompassing Mount Pleasant Street to the River)

**a map of the evacuated areas has been made available via www.brantford.ca as well as City of Brantford Facebook page and Twitter.

 

**Please take all medications with you.

Where do I go? ·         Residents in the affected areas are being asked to evacuate out of the floodplain to North of the area with family or friends where available.  For those requiring shelter please go to Woodman Centre located 491 Grey St, Brantford, ON

·         Assumption College has been set up as an evacuation centre for those residents in the West Brant Area in the gymnasium area at 257 Shellards Lane, Brantford

·         Brant County Health Unit and SPCA are on site to assist residents and their pets

I don’t have transportation what do I do? City buses have been arranged to pick up residents at the following locations and take them to Woodman Centre or Assumption College:

·         Eagle Ave at Foster St

·         Baldwin Drive at Erie Ave

·         Erie Ave at Aberdeen Ave

·         St. Paul at Spring St.

·         Sherwood Dr. at Catharine Ave.

Can I go back and get my personal belongings or my pets? No, please do not return to your home.  If you have pets or require medication necessary please contact the City of Brantford Contact Centre at 519-759-4150.
What do I do with my pets if I have to leave? Please bring your pets with you, ideally in a cat carrier where available and dogs must be on leash.  Arrangements have been made with the SPCA for the sheltering of pets arriving at Woodman Centre.
Utilities ·         Union Gas will be shutting off all gas to those areas East of Erie Ave effective at 9:30 am this morning.  Union Gas staff and trucks will be seen in the area

·         We are aware of power outages in affected areas and appropriate agencies have been notified and services suspended

What Roads and Buildings have been closed? ROADS

·         Gilkinson Street

·         Grand River Ave (Stirling to Waterloo)

·         Ballantyne Drive to Daubiny Park

·         River Road & Birkett’s Lane (Erie Ave to Baldwin Ave)

·         Lorne Bridge

·         Veterans Memorial Parkway

BUILDINGS/TRAILS

·         All City Trails along the River

·         TB Costain

·         Market Street Parkade

·         Childs Paradise Too daycare centre

·         Eagle Place Community Centre

·         1 Sherwood Drive

·         Entry to D’Aubigny Park

·         Brantford Charity Casino

·         Eagle Place Community Centre

·         Woodman Centre for regular programming

BUS ROUTES

·         Routes #5 and #6 have been suspended until further notice

·         Route#1 is currently being detoured

What Schools are closed? PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Agnes Hodge

Bellview

Ecole Dufferin

Lansdown Costain

Princess Elizabeth

Joseph Brant Learning Centre & Education Centre

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS

Jean Vanier

Do you need volunteers City staff are currently coordinating efforts and will update the need for volunteers shortly.  Please stand by.
Parking All parking bylaw enforcement has been suspended for today
Accessible Transportation All buses are equipped to take residents in evacuated areas requiring accessible transportation to the evacuation centres
Waste collection services Suspended for impacted areas.
Shut-ins/Emergency Services Please contact Emergency Services if you have an emergency or if you do not have ability to self-evacuate
State of Emergency Declared A state of emergency has been declared.  A press conference will be held at 11:00 am.
Press Conference 11:00 am – Brantford Fire Station#1 on Clarence Street  in Bay Room, must identify self as media
Power Outages We are aware of power outages in affected areas and appropriate agencies have been notified

 

MEDIA CONTACT:

 

Maria Visocchi

Director, Communications & Community Engagement | City of Brantford

Phone: 519-759-4150 ext. 5754  | Email: mvisocchi@brantford.ca

director

February 21st, 2018

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