Monday, May 28, 2012
The Health Unit is recommending well users boil their water. If your home or business is affected by the flooding and high water levels you need to bring well water to a rolling boil for a full minute before using. The Health Unit is also telling people to be careful and throw out food that was not kept cold or frozen during this morning's power outage.
For east/west traffic, Highway 102 is operating normally at this point. Other road closures include: Portage Creek Road at the first bridge, Laukaa Lane at Auto Road, and Silver Springs Road. Arthur Street to Twin City Cross Roads is closed due to extensive damage to the roadway. Thunder Bay Police are telling motorists and anyone who is travelling west out of the City they will have to take Highway 102 to Dawson Road as an alternative route.
A State of Emergency is in effect for Conmee Township. Mayor Kevin Holland says they're taking a wait and see approach. Holland is asking people within the township to stay home. The Mayor is also asking residents to boil their water since pollutants may have seeped into area wells. Meanwhile, Oliver-Paipoonge has also declared a state of emergency.
The City of Thunder Bay is under state of emergency. City Spokesperson Darryl Matson says the Atlantic Avenue Water Sewage Treatment Plant is flooded. Workers are trying to pump out the water, just to try and get a look at the damage and assess the situation from there. All city residents are not to use any extra water. That means: flushing toilets, washing clothes, running baths, taking showers. Those activities would put extra and undue pressure on the city's water system.
There has been extensive flooding in the South Ward, this includes Northwood, the Intercity Area, parts of Westfort and James St. City Police are saying numerous basements in the Northwood Area have water in them, Northwood Mall is flooded with inches of water in the stores. The railway underpass on South James St is closed due to flooding. Most ditches in the Intercity area are overflowing and covering parts of the roads. There are numerous vehicles have stalled out on the roadways. Residents of Thunder Bay are urged to use caution.
Thunder Bay Hydro is reporting no major power outages at this time. Power was knocked out thanks to an overnight thunder storm which socked itself in over night. Power was out briefly at 12:45 a.m. in areas such as County Park, Castlegreen and the Dawson Road Area.