Wheatley Arena reception centre remains open

Media Release

August 30, 2021


Reception centre at Wheatley Arena remains open

ATM has been activated on site

Wheatley residents affected by last week's explosion may continue to receive information at the Wheatley Arena regarding food, accommodation, and other emergency needs.

The Municipality has placed 15 households consisting of 33 individuals in local hotels and motels and has provided some form of assistance to more than 85 households since Friday. Many of the households displaced were able to find accommodations on their own.

April Rietdyk, Chatham Kent's General Manager of Community Human Services said the centre will remain open as long as there is demand for its services. "We are listening to the needs of those people affected and we're trying to do as much as we are able," she said. "We now have an ATM activated and we've been providing assistance with access to food, toiletries, and clothing for those who had to evacuate."

She said staff at the arena do not have information about the cause of the explosion or when evacuated residents can return.

"Our emergency services staff are in the process of making those evaluations," she said. "We are set up to help get people through while those determinations are made."

The centre is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Residents can also call 3-1-1 during business hours or 519-354-6628 after hours.


For more information contact:
April Rietdyk
General Manager, Community Human Services
Municipality of Chatham-Kent

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


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