Province Assists Local Officials Dealing With Floods
EMO And MNR Coordinating Provincial Response To Flooding
Emergency Management Ontario (EMO) and Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) staff across the province are monitoring the flooding situation in at-risk areas and providing assistance to local officials where needed.
EMO and MNR field officers are in Belleville to help local officials respond to flooding in the Foxboro area of that municipality. The City of Belleville has declared a state of local emergency in response to the situation and has activated its emergency operations centre.
Rising waters of the Moira River, in the northern section of the municipality, have forced the evacuation of up to 50 homes and 200 local residents. The Hastings and Prince Edward County Health Unit has issued a boil water advisory for residents affected by the flood who get their water from private wells and not the municipal system.
EMO's Provincial Emergency Operations Centre works closely with MNR experts to monitor other areas where significant flooding could occur. These areas include:
- Hastings County
- The districts of Muskoka and Parry Sound
- Kawartha Lakes
- Northern Simcoe County
- The County of Haliburton
- Peterborough County.
- EMO has 14 field officers across the province who regularly assist municipalities with their emergency management functions.
- MNR's Surface Water Monitoring Centre has more than 4,000 sensors at 1,200 stations across the province providing information on water levels.
- The MNR is sending 30,000 sandbags to Belleville to assist local efforts.
“EMO is working with other ministries and affected municipalities to ensure that critical resources that might be needed to respond to flooding are available.”
“My ministry is monitoring flood levels and working with EMO and the community around the clock to ensure families remain safe.”