Wednesday, June 6, 2012

OPP Say Forbes River Road Is Open

OPP say Forbes River Road is open again.  The road was closed after the flood and has since been reopened in both directions.

Still No End To Water Restrictions

City officials appear no closer to announcing an end to volunteer water restrictions than they were when the flood crisis started. Following a media tour of the sewage treatment plant spokesperson Darrell Matson said that there is no way to tell when the plant will be fixed to the point where the state of emergency can be lifted and residents can resume their normal water usage. Meantime
Matson is looking at the forecast which predicts five days of rain starting on Friday.
Video:  Looking down you can see the underground portion of the plant which was entirely submerged almost right up to the opening.  Also note the two empty locations where the engines were flooded out.

LRCA Ends Flood Watch

The Lakehead Region Conservation Authority has ended the flood warning for Thunder Bay, Oliver Paipoonge and Conmee.  Staff are continuing to monitor conditions on the Kam River as part of its flood forecasting program.

Scotiabank Donates To Flood

Another bank is deciding to donate cash to Thunder Bay's flood relief efforts.  Scotiabank says they've provided 10-thousand dollars to the cause.  The money is being provided to the Red Cross.

Thunder Bay Tourism Summer Season Bright

Thunder Bay is expected to have a good tourism season this summer. Manager Paul Pepe says they expect modest returns from the motorcycle tourist market. Pepe says despite a downturn in the American economy they expect to see an increase in tourist visits.

Health Unit Holds Tetanus Shot Clinic

The Health Unit wants people who are involved in flood clean up to make sure their immunizations are up to date and get a tetanus shot.  They'll be holding a free immunization clinic Thursday from four until seven at St. Peters Church in the East End.  The Health Unit is worried people may get scratches and scrapes during clean up that could lead to lock-jaw.

New Tourism Videos Launched

Tourism Thunder Bay is launching it's new all season promotional videos.  Tourism Manager Paul Pepe adds you can play a part in future videos by submitting footage you've shot to the City's YouTube page.  Imaginarium Studio's produced the three video's. Pepe says area hotels and the Border Cats baseball team will be using the videos in their establishments. To check out more videos click here.

Mayor Presses Province For Declaration

The mayor is getting a bit impatient with the province's delay in declaring Thunder Bay a disaster area. Keith Hobbs says he's been trying to light a fire under some local politicians. Hobbs says he spoke with MPP Bill Mauro and pointed out that a disaster was declared in one day in Goderich after its tornado, and it's been nine days here. Speaking of politicians, NDP leader Andrea Horwath is going to tour the flood area on Friday.

NAN Grand Councillor Chief Re-elected

Chief Patrick Madahbee is celebrating a re-election today. The Nishnawbe Aski Nation Executive Council announced Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee who was elected to a second term yesterday at the opening day of the annual general assembly of Anishinabek Nation chiefs.

Emergency Operations News Conference June 6, 2012 10 AM

Live video for mobile from Ustream

Highway Closures Wednesday

The Ministry of Transportation still has a number of Highway closures due to washouts. Highway 11/17 is closed between Highway 130 and Fraser Road and between Highway 590 and Highway 102. The M.T.O. is hoping to have Highway 11/17 re-opened fully by Friday.

L.U. Basketball Players Help Flood Victims

A group of Lakehead University Thunderwolves basketball players are giving back to the community that supports them. Joseph Jones and Lyndsay Druery spearheaded an effort that saw a total of seven athletes join in and help those in the East End who are trying to recover from last week's flood. Athletes are planning a return trip to the East End Thursday with even more volunteers.

Police & Fire Investigate Potential Arson

City police are looking into a potential arson this morning.  Police say a shed burned on the 100 block of East Frederica. A fire inspector will be at the scene later this morning to investigate. Police will take over the investigation if arson is the cause.

Man Dies After Being Hit By Train

20 year old Matthew Boven is dead followig a train-vehicle collission in Emo.  Police say the crash occurred at a controlled railway crossing.  Boven was pulled from the vehicle and transfered to Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.  OPP and CN Railway Police are investigating but note that the lights at the crossing were working properly.