Update August 30, 2019 2:08 p.m.
On Tuesday, August 27, the Municipality of Chatham-Kent declared a state of emergency for Erie Shore Drive and several properties were voluntarily evacuated. Approximately a dozen homes have received structural damage, and the roadway was no longer safe for travel. Thankfully, there were no injuries to report.
Last night, a severe weather system was a expected to hit the area but passed without major incident. Early next week, another storm is expected and therefore the emergency declaration will remain in place until further notice.
We are currently in the response phase of this emergency and will continue to monitor the area to ensure the safety of our residents. Municipal staff and utility crews have made significant infrastructure repairs and reinforcement in the last 48 hours. Emergency services remain on stand-by 24/7.
In addition, the community has generously donated transportation, waste removal, a portable freezer truck, sand bags and food to those affected. "I am so proud of the numerous offers we have received to help those in need. We are truly a community who cares" stated Mayor Canniff. "I am hopeful for good weather over the next few days so that all residents can have a safe and enjoyable long weekend."
Residents are reminded that in the event of an emergency to please dial 911.
Update August 29, 2019 12:42 p.m.
The municipality is in an active emergency response in the area of Erie Shore Drive in Chatham-Kent. The road remains closed from the Bisnett Line to Erieau Road. Public Works and utility crews are on-site working to repair the significant damage caused by flooding on August 27, 2019.
The Province is working closely with Chatham-Kent to confirm the timing for the deployment of the "Provincial Disaster Assessment Team" (PDAT) to assess the damage and inform next steps.
The PDAT assessment is needed to determine the activation of the "Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians" (DRAO) program. The DRAO program provides financial assistance to help residents recover from natural disasters.
The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is in regular communication with the municipality and working with the Provincial Emergency Operations Centre (PEOC) to provide updates should the situation change.
Update August 28, 2019 11:42 a.m.
The area is currently stable; the majority of water has drained and the lake is calm. Significant damage has occurred to the roadway, supporting slope and drain; we are assessing and organizing immediate repairs. Hydro One and Enbridge Gas shut off utilities to a number of homes based on their established safety protocol; services were maintained to some homes if the home owner could prove there was not a safety issue. Damage to homes includes both structural and basement flooding. The State of Emergency remains in place on Erie Shore Drive between Erieau Road and the Bisnett Line. Weather conditions are favourable at this time but expected to decline toward the weekend. Timing for repairs is weather dependent.
Residents are asked to call Hydro One and Enbridge directly to reinstate their services.
Uride has offered free transportation for those who request it.
Update August 27, 2019 8:50 p.m.
If you are a resident affected by the power loss on Erie Shore Drive, SM FREIGHT is generously providing access to the use of a reefer truck located at the Community of Christ Campground near the corner of Erie Shore Drive and Bisnett Line. If you’re in need of this service, please call 519-360-1998 between 8:30a-4:30p and we’ll help connect you!
Media Release August 27,2019 12:30pm
State of emergency declared in CK
Chatham-Kent Mayor Darrin Canniff this morning declared a state of emergency for the Erie Shore Drive area. High water and strong winds are causing flooding in this area. Erie Shore Drive has been closed from Bissnet Line to Erieau Road.
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.