Erie Shore Drive-Update Monday, March  9 16:45

Crews began repair work on Erie Shore Drive this morning. The thoroughfare from Erieau Road to 18416 Erie Shore Drive is now closed.

The municipality is also working on a contingency plan for Erieau and area as part of its   emergency preparedness measures, therefore residents may begin to see increased activity (including presence of utilities vehicles) in the area.

The municipality wished to thank residents of Erie Shore Drive for their cooperation in evacuating the area as well as individual members of the community and businesses that provided help in numerous ways since the state of emergency was declared February 28.

Residents seeking information on how the Erie Shore Road dike emergency may affect them should call the municipality of Chatham-Kent at 519-360-1998.

Erie Shore Drive-Update Sunday, March 8 15:45

The evacuation of residents along a section of Erie Shore Drive continues today in advance of the pending road closure at midnight tonight.

The municipality is continuing to assist residents through a variety of measures.

The municipality is working on a contingency plan for Erieau and area as part of its   emergency preparedness measures, therefore residents may begin to see increased activity (including presence of utilities vehicles) in the area.

The municipality's main phone line at 519-360-1998 will be staffed tonight until 6 p.m. for residents who have concerns or questions.

Residents who require emergency accommodation can call 519-354-6628 if calling later than the hours listed above. They should advise that they currently live on Erie Shore Drive.

Chatham-Kent Council unanimously ordered the closure of that section of the road from Erieau Road to 18416 Erie Shore Drive effective at 12:01 a.m. March 9 in order to allow repairs to the dike.

Erie Shore Drive-Update Saturday, March 7 16:00

The evacuation of residents along a section of Erie Shore Drive continues today in advance of the pending road closure.

Chatham-Kent Council unanimously ordered the closure of that section of the road from Erieau Road to 18416 Erie Shore Drive effective at 12:01 a.m. March 9 in order to allow repairs to the dike.

The municipality is continuing to assist residents.

The municipality's main phone line at 519-360-1998 will be staffed tonight until 6 p.m. and tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Erie Shore Drive-Update Friday, March 6 17:10

Volunteers who have registered with the municipality to aid residents on Erie Shore Drive are asked to stand by and not go to the area this weekend.

Volunteers will be contacted by residents with specific requests so if they have not been contacted, they can assume they are not needed at this time.

April Rietdyk, General Manager of Community Human Services for Chatham-Kent said “well-meaning individuals who don’t have a defined reason for being at the scene could, in fact, hinder efforts of residents who are leaving the area,” she said. “We are asking that people respect the wishes of Erie Shore Drive residents during this difficult time.”

To request assistance as a resident, please call the Municipality of Chatham-Kent at 519-360-1998 or come to the Erieau Fire Hall Saturday or Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Boxes and sand bags are available to residents at the Erieau Fire Hall both days while supplies last.

Chatham-Kent Council on Monday unanimously ordered the closure of that section of the road from Erieau Road to 18416 Erie Shore Drive effective at 12:01 a.m. March 9 in order to allow repairs to the dike.

Once the road has closed, residents will not have public access to their property to remove large items such as vehicles.

The municipality’s main phone line, 519-360-1998 will be staffed tonight until 8 p.m. In addition, that number will be staffed between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Residents who require emergency accommodation can call 519-354-6628 if calling later than the hours listed above. They should advise that they currently live on Erie Shore Drive.

Residents who want to consider turning off their utilities while away can do so by contacting Entegrus (for water) at 1-866-804-7325. Choose option four then option three.

To arrange shut off of natural gas, contact Enbridge at 1-888-427-8888 and to shut off electricity contact Hydro One at https://www.hydroone.com/request-a-service/temporary-disconnect


Erie Shore Drive-Update Thursday, March 5 17:00

Members of Chatham-Kent Fire Service, EMS and Community Human Services are going door-to-door in the village of Erieau and visiting residences in the potential flooding area today to provide residents with emergency preparation information in case of a possible failure of the Erie Shore dike.

Fire Chief Chris Case said residents will be advised that they need to ensure they have adequate food, water emergency supplies and medication. Residents who are not at home will have contact information left at their door informing them that an active emergency exists in the area and requesting that they contact the municipality at 519-360-1998 to discuss emergency planning.

"We're here to offer residents support and advise them there are steps they can take to help ensure their safety as well," he said.

The municipality's main phone line at 519-360-1998 will be staffed tonight and Friday night until 8 p.m. In addition, that number will be staffed between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Additional information on preparing for an emergency can be found at https://www.emergencymanagementontario.ca/english/beprepared/bepreparedPromotionalMaterial/PrintMaterials.html

Free moving boxes remain available at the Erieau Fire Hall from 10 a.m. to six p.m.

Kent Centre garage is delivering more sand to Erie Shore Drive for owners to use to fill sand bags. The location for sand has been moved to the corner of Erie Shore Drive and Bisnett Line.

Erie Shore Drive and the area protected by the dike have been in a state of emergency since last Friday due to the elevated possibility for a dike failure that could lead to flooding of 1,600 acres of land and homes to the north of the dike.

The municipality has urged all residents within the soon-to-be closed section of Erie Shore Drive to evacuate their homes. Once the road is closed, residents will not have public access to their properties.

Chatham-Kent Council Monday unanimously ordered the closure of that section of the road from Erieau Road to 18416 Erie Shore Drive effective at 12:01 a.m. March 9 in order to allow repairs to the dike.

Individuals who don't live on Erie Shore Drive or are not involved in helping residents move are requested to avoid the area due to possible issues with congestion. Chatham-Kent Police are monitoring the situation.

Erie Shore Drive-Update Wednesday, March 4 17:00

Individuals who don't live on Erie Shore Drive or are not involved in helping residents move are requested to avoid the area due to possible issues with congestion. Chatham-Kent Police are monitoring the situation.

The municipality has urged all residents within the soon-to-be closed section of the road from Erieau Road to 18416 Erie Shore Drive to evacuate their homes.

Chatham-Kent Council Monday unanimously voted to close a portion of the roadway effective March 9 due to the elevated possibility of failure of a portion of Erie Shore Drive dike. 

Free moving boxes remain available at the Erieau Fire Hall from 10 a.m. to six p.m.

More than 75 volunteers have registered with the municipality to assist residents in moving their belongings from the affected homes, among other things. Volunteers' contact information is being given to Erie Shore Drive residents who request it. Residents will contact volunteers directly.

Volunteers may contact the municipality at 519-360-1998 or by emailing customer service at ckinfo@chatham-kent.ca with what services they can offer.

Residents seeking information on how the Erie Shore Road dike emergency may affect them should call the municipality of Chatham-Kent at 519-360-1998 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This number will also be staffed Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Residents who require emergency accommodation can call the Chatham-Kent Homeless Response Line at 519-354-6628 if calling later than the hours listed above. They should advise that they currently live on Erie Shore Drive.

Overnight callers with a non-urgent or non-housing matter should still call the 519 360-1998 and leave a message and contact information. Calls will be returned as soon as possible.

As always, if you believe you are in an emergency, call 9-1-1 for immediate assistance.


Erie Shore Drive-Update Tuesday, March 3 at 15:25

Contact procedures for residents affected by Erie Shore Road dike emergency

 Residents seeking information on how the Erie Shore Road dike emergency may affect them should call the municipality of Chatham-Kent at 519-360-1998 from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Customer service representatives will be available to direct specific calls to appropriate staff members during that time.

Between 8 p.m. and 8:30 a.m., residents along Erie Shore Drive who require emergency accommodation can call the Chatham-Kent Homeless Response Line at 519-354-6628. They should advise that they currently live on Erie Shore Drive.

Callers after 8 p.m. with a non-urgent or non-housing matter should leave a message and contact information. Calls will be returned as soon as possible.

As always, if you believe you are in an emergency, call 9-1-1 for immediate assistance.

Erie Shore Drive-Update Monday, March 2 at 19:00

Reminder that on Tuesday, March 3rd at the Erieau Fire Station, two public information meetings will be held at the Erieau Fire Station, 780 Ross Lane.  The afternoon session will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  The evening session will be held from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm. Between the hours of 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. residents of Erie Shore Drive may obtain boxes and empty sand bags. Sand for the sand bags is available at McGeachy's Pond.  Property owners are reminded to bring shovels along with them for the filling of bags.  Case Managers will also be available during the public information sessions to assist residents with any of their emergency needs and to facilitate matching volunteers with residents who may require assistance.  

Erie Shore Drive-Update Sunday, March 1 at 18:45

Tuesday, March 3rd at the Erieau Fire Station, two public meetings will be held at the Erieau Fire Station, 780 Ross Lane.  The afternoon session will be held from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm.  The evening session will be held from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm. Technical staff will attend these sessions to provide an opportunity for one on one conversations regarding the Erie Shore Drive closure. Case Managers will also be present at these sessions to meet with residents that require support and answer any questions they may have regarding shelter, moving, emergency assistance, etc. Boxes will also be made available on Tuesday, while supplies last.  

Erie Shore Drive-Update Sunday, March 1 at 11:45

For evacuees of Erie Shore Drive, Chatham-Kent Victim Services representatives will be at the Erieau Fire Station today until 6:00 p.m. If residents wish to contact Victim Services after today's session, they can be reached at 519-436-6630.  

Erie Shore Drive-Update Saturday, February 29 at 17:45

As part of the response to the State of Emergency declared yesterday by Mayor Darrin Canniff, the Municipality of Chatham-Kent has put several services in place to assist affected residents.

A Community Support Centre will be opened at the Erieau Fire Hall on Sunday, February 29, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and staffed by municipal officials. The following services/resources will be made available:

  1. Case Managers will be available to discuss emergency assistance for evacuees
  2. Up to 25 moving boxes suitable for packing personal belongings will be made available per home
  3. Up to 25 empty sand bags per home will be available starting at 9:00am; sand for the sand bags will be available at McGeachy's Pond, but property owners will need to bring their own shovels
  4. EMS staff on scene to assist for any ongoing health concerns on treatment plans
  5. Additional emotional support resources
  6. Coffee/tea and a place to talk

More volunteers are needed to assist residents with packing, transporting, storing belongings and filling sandbags.  If you are interested in volunteering for these or other services, please contact our Customer Service department at 519-360-1998 or ckinfo@chatham-kent.ca.

Update-Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 13:15 

Presentation from last night presentation can be found here: 

https://www.chatham-kent.ca/Council/Meetings/2019/Documents/February/Feb-28-4a.pdf

Volunteers interested in helping: Residents will be looking for moving boxes, movers to help lift heavy and light items, vehicles to assist with moving, and lodging for residents.

Volunteers may contact the Municipality at 519-360-1998 or by emailing Customer Service at ckinfo@chatham-kent.ca with what services they can offer.

If you have any concerns, please contact the Municipality through the number provided above or through the ckinfo email address-Customer Service Representatives are ready to respond during emergency hours of operation and during regular business hours. 

February, February 27, 2020

As a result, Chatham-Kent Council will hold a special meeting Friday, February 28 at 5:30 p.m. to discuss the issue. All residents of Erie Shore Drive and Erieau are urged to attend.

 Residents along Erie Shore Drive who feel they cannot shelter in place and require emergency accommodation can call the Chatham-Kent Homeless Response Line at 519-354-6628. They should advise that they currently live on Erie Shore Drive.

Additional information will be made available at tomorrow’s council meeting.

State of emergency declared for Erie Shore Drive area.
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 Media Contact:

Jim Blake
Communications Officer
Municipality of Chatham-Kent
519-360-1998 x 3624