Wheatley Update October 28

An investigation by Golder and Associates has confirmed the location of an abandoned gas well adjacent to the site of the explosion. Any reports indicating we have confirmed this well is the source of the gas leaks is premature, as further analysis needs to be completed before this can be determined. Investigations are still underway on the site.  

We have received several requests from people seeking permission to access their homes and businesses that are in the evacuation zone. These requests are being considered. If the Fire Chief and Technical Advisory Group can determine accessing the buildings can be done safely, they will develop a plan to allow property owners limited access. As part of this determination, the Municipality's Chief Building Official and his staff are on site this week to review and determine if buildings can be entered. This work needs to be completed before we can determine if people can safely access their properties.

A reminder to all residents in Wheatley that the site is an active work zone and people should not proceed beyond the barriers.

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Residents requiring emergency housing outside of weekday office hours may call the Homeless Response Line (HRL) at (519) 354-6628. 

Residents requesting general information should call (519) 360-1998 or 3-1-1 Monday- Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm.

The Village Resource Centre provides supportive services to those impacted by the explosion. For more information please call 226-484-1004 or email info@villageresourcecentre.ca.

For more information contact:

Don Shropshire
Chief Administrative Officer
Municipality of Chatham-Kent
519-360-1998 x 3010

Media Contact:
Amy Wilcox
Manager, Community Initiatives
Municipality of Chatham-Kent
519-360-1998 x 3055