BRANTFORD, ON: FLOOD WATERS RECEDING, EVACUATION LIFTED
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By Cori Marshall
Around 5 PM last night the City of Brantford, Ontario, posted their Twitter feed "EVACUATION LIFTED in identified flood threat areas including Homedale, Old West Brant and Eagle Place."
Brantford worked in partnership with the Grand River Conservation Area (GRCA), and "can now confirm that water levels have receded to an extent that the threat of ongoing flooding has dissipated," according to Flood Update 6.
It also announced that the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) "confirmed that they see no reason for concern and are satisfied that (the Lorne and Veteran Memorial Parkway) bridges can be reopened safely effective immediately." There are load posted restrictions still in effect for the Lorne Bridge, and Public Works staff will continue to monitor the bridge.
Union Gas and Brantford Hydro are working together to bring power back to the affected areas. Representatives will begin at 8 AM Friday "to repair and damaged natural gas facilities and restore service."
Residents are urged not to enter their basements "if you suspect water has risen above the level of electrical outlets, baseboard heaters, furnace or is near an electrical panel."
Early this morning the Brant County Health Unit released tips for the flood cleanup. Even if your home has not been affected by flood water, it is still necessary to practice a modicum of food safety.
The Health Unit advises:
Throwing out food in a fridge that has been without power for more than 4-6 hours and that is at high risk for contamination such as meat, dairy products, and leftovers.
Throwing out any food that has been in contact with floodwater, except for food in sealed, airtight metal cans.
Brant County Health reminded the public that the "Drinking Water Treatment Plant was not impacted by the flooding, and the quality of the City's drinking water remains safe."
The water levels are receding, though the real work is just beginning. For those whose homes were impacted by this week's events, this is the start of the cleanup and assessment of damage. The Health Unit reminds that homes should be cleaned as soon as possible to protect residents' health and prevent further damage.