Wheatley State of Emergency update

Media Release

July 22, 2021 

State of emergency area to be reduced in Wheatley today

A state of emergency declared in Wheatley Tuesday due to the detection of Hydrogen Sulphide gas is being reduced to a single location.

The gas was detected Monday through monitors installed at 15 Erie Street North, the site of an earlier release that forced an evacuation of the area.

Readings in the last 24 hours have indicated no presence of gas and therefore the scope of the emergency site and the evacuation order have been narrowed down to just 15 Erie Street North.  Over the next few days ongoing gas monitoring will take place at this location to ensure a consistent period of stability. 

Senior municipal officials and Mayor Canniff will be speaking with provincial officials this afternoon to update them on the developments and findings in the last 24 hours with the intention to transfer this matter to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

Residents evacuated will be permitted to return to their homes once hydro has been restored this afternoon.

Effected businesses will be allowed to open once power is restored and relevant health inspections are completed.

Residents and business owners are being contacted by municipal staff today to facilitate their return.

A total of 52 people in 23 homes and 13 businesses in the area were evacuated Monday.



For more information:


Cathy Hoffman
Acting Chief Administrative Officer
Municipality of Chatham-Kent
519-360-1998 x 3622


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

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