A state of
emergency declared earlier today is still in effect and officials are still
recommending those in affected areas voluntary evacuate their homes.
The John D.
Bradley Center is open as a shelter for anyone who chooses to leave their home.
Residents who need transportation to the shelter can call 519-360-1998 for
details at any time overnight. Those leaving their homes should bring a 72-hour
supply of medication and personal items with them since the water may remain
high for several days.
crested in London Thursday morning and flood plains and low lying areas
throughout Chatham-Kent are under water as the peak moves west. The river is
expected to continue to rise throughout Chatham-Kent, reaching a peak in
Chatham by mid-day Saturday.
Fire and Emergency Services Chief Bob Crawford said the slippery banks and fast
flowing water poses a significant safety risk and urged people to stay a safe
distance from the waterway.
current is very powerful and your odds of surviving if you fall in are slim,”
he said. “It’s not worth the risk.”
Hope said the municipality has activated its emergency procedures and officials
are working closely with police, fire and EMS sectors as well as the Lower
Thames Valley Conservation Authority.
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