Thursday, August 13, 2020

State of emergency remains in place

(Rick Nicholls, Facebook)

The state of emergency in Chatham-Kent, along Erie Shore Drive, will remain in place until further notice.

Here is the full statement form the Municipality of Chatham-Kent:

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.

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