Residents in the affected area are being asked to voluntarily evacuate. Emergency crews will be going door to door to assist with the evacuation.

Shelter and transportation will be available for the residents and their pets. Residents are encouraged to contact the municipality at 519.360.1998 for more information on available services.

Due to current conditions and the possibility of continued road deterioration, the water supply in the area may be affected. Water pressure will be reduced to protect the line and the roadway in the event of a failure. The reduction in pressure will not affect drinking water quality, however, water will be regularly monitored for quality assurance. In addition, other utilities may be impacted as conditions warrant.

According to the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority, wind speeds and direction are expected to continue throughout the week and the weekend.

Emergency crews are asking residents and visitors to stay away from the area for their own personal safety.

Conditions will be continuously monitored by the municipality. Mayor Canniff and South Kent councillors will be at the west end of the affected area on Erie Shore Drive at 4 pm to answer media’s questions.

For more information, contact:

Darrin Canniff

Mayor, Chatham-Kent

Chatham-Kent

519-360-1998

 

Bob Crawford

Chief of Fire and Paramedic Services

519-350-2954

 

Thomas Kelly

General Manager, Infrastructure & Engineering/ Acting CAO

519.360.1998

 

Media Contact:

Amy Wilcox

Municipality of Chatham-Kent

519-360-1998 x 3055

amyw@chatham-kent.ca