Flood Update #5 – February 22-1:17PM 

For Immediate Release
2/22/2018 
Contact: Maria Visocchi, Director, Communications & Community Engagement 
Phone: 519-759-4150 

BRANTFORD ON: On behalf of the City of Brantford and the people of our community that we are so proud to serve, Mayor Chris Friel and members of Brantford City Council wish to extend their sincere thanks for the incredible outpouring of support we have received over the last 36 hours. We are overwhelmed and moved by the generosity of members of our community and all of our partners and neighbours.

As has been previously reported, the City’s Emergency Operation Centre was convened at 5:30 am yesterday morning and has been actively responding and continues to RESPOND to the ongoing flood threat in Holmedale, Old West Brant and Eagle Place.

Please note that we are still in RESPONSE mode. The most important thing we want to emphasize and reiterate at this time is that we are still in a dynamic situation. At its highest peak the water level reached 6.99 metres yesterday and at 9:00 am this morning was at 6.03 m.

The situation is still unpredictable and high risk and the Evacuation Order for the impacted region is still IN EFFECT.

It has come to the City’s attention that there is some confusion regarding the fact that an update shared yesterday advised that there would be a reassessment of the evacuation order at noon today. That does not mean the Evacuation will be lifted today. Results of the reassessment will be announced later this afternoon.

Therefore, all BRIDGES & ROAD CLOSURES remain in effect in the impacted area until further notice. The Ministry of Transportation is onsite today evaluating the structural soundness of the bridges with a summary of their findings expected later today. We already know that the pedestrian bridges have sustained damage and remain closed.

The Evacuation Centres at Woodman Community Centre and Assumption College will maintain service operations until further notice.

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.

The following closures will remain in effect until further notice:

PRIMARY ROADS


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

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

Click for a FULL LIST OF STREETS INCLUDED IN THE EVACUATION AREAS (PDF)

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
  • Brantford Farmers Market

DETAILED MAP OF EVACUATION AREA
 (PDF)

February 21, 2018 - Flood Detour Map (PDF)

BUS ROUTE CHANGES

Temporary Routes are still in effect until further notice.

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

Click for updated emergency bus route information

IMPACTED PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN EVACUATION AREA


  • Agnes Hodge
  • Bellview
  • Ecole Dufferin
  • Lansdown Costain
  • Princess Elizabeth
  • Joseph Brant Learning Centre & Education Centre

IMPACTED CATHOLIC SCHOOLS IN EVACUATION AREA


  • École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys
  • Jean Vanier

UTILITIES OUTAGES

With regard to Utilities, approximately 1,000 homes are impacted by outages at this time. Once the evacuation has been lifted, gas and power will be restored to impacted homes once it is deemed safe to do so.

INSURANCE INQUIRIES

The City is working closely with the Insurance Bureau of Canada to establish one point of contact to help residents facilitate the insurance claims process. Details regarding the location for this service will be provided after the Evacuation Order is lifted.

VOLUNTEERS

Again, we are so heartened by the number of people who have offered their volunteer support. For those wishing to help as volunteers, please contact our staff at the Woodman Community Centre at 519-752-0890 to register to volunteer.

DONATIONS

The City is working closely with our partner service agencies to determine what is needed and how donations will be coordinated. Information on items and/or monetary donations will be provided later today.

Regarding the situation at the event site, the flows from the Nith are working their way through Brantford, but flows will remain high throughout the day and then start to decrease slowly over the next few days.

The ice jam extends from Gladstone around the Tutela Heights bend just downstream of the Bell Homestead.  Ice volumes are high within the jam; the river is finding relief by flowing over some fields.

At this point, we know that several homes have sustained significant damage. Obviously, those homes closest to the river will be those most affected. Our assessment is ongoing and details of our findings will be reported as quickly as possible.

The City’s Operations Services team is currently compiling a list of all City assets in the impacted area to begin the process of assessing damage and clean up efforts once the Evacuation is lifted.

IMPORTANT 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

Link to Facebook stream of FEB 22, 11:30 am Press Conference
https://www.facebook.com/CityofBrantford/videos/1655259081199712/

CITY OF BRANTFORD FEBRUARY 22, 2018 FLOOD FAQ (PDF)

Special Emergency City Council - February 22, 2018 (PDF)

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

facebook.com/CityofBrantford | @CityofBrantford

The City of Brantford Customer Contact Centre is available to answer resident inquiries at 519-759-4150.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Maria Visocchi 
Director, Communications & Community Engagement |
City of Brantford 
Phone: 519-759-4150 ext. 5754 | Email: mvisocchi@brantford.ca