Grand River flooding forces Brantford to declare state of emergency
In an emergency notice posted Wednesday morning the city is ordering immediate evacuation of several neighbourhoods and have 'strongly urged' others in the floodplain to evacuate.
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The City of Brantford has declared a state of emergency and evacuated several neighbourhoods over flooding along the Grand River.
The flooding comes amid milder temperatures, rainfall and melting snow, with the Grand River Conservation Authority reporting flooding in a number of community along the river from ice jams.
An ice jam upstream at the Parkhill Dam in Cambridge broke free around 2 a.m. Wednesday morning.
"When this ice jam released it sent a surge of water downstream," the conservation authority said.
In Brantford there have also been a number of ice jams developing and moving downstream. Six Nations and Haldimand County are also seeing water levels rise with run-off.
Early Wednesday morning Brantford ordered three neighbourhoods — Holmedale, Old West Brant and Eagle Place — to immediately evacuate and is strongly urging everyone in the flood plain to leave.
"The City of Brantford has declared a state of emergency due to the ongoing flooding crisis," the city said on Twitter around 10:30 a.m.
The city ordered the immediate evacuation of several neighbourhoods and have "strongly urged" others in the floodplain to also evacuate.
"Due to flood risk, the City has issued an immediate evacuation of Holmedale, Eagle Place and West Brant," the city said on Twitter. "Buses are available to help evacuate at Eagle Avenue and Foster Street, Baldwin and Erie avenues, Erie and Aberdeen avenues."
Those requiring shelter can go to Woodman Community Centre.
Brantford police went door-to-door to evacuate homes on the following streets: Foster, Cayuga, Aberdeen, Strathcona, Pontiac, Tecumseh, Ontario, Port, Eagle, Robertson, Denver and Baldwin.
The Grand Erie District School board said it was closing Agnes G. Hodge, Bellview, Ecole Dufferin and Princess Elizabeth schools because of potential flooding, along with the Joseph Brant Learning Centre and the Grand Erie Education Centre.
Six Nations is also reporting flooding in low-lying areas near the Grand River.
Six Nations Elected Council said it has called together the community's emergency control group to monitor flooding.
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