12:00EDT May 28 2012 – Thunder Bay Flooding Update

flooding in Thunder Bay
photo by Andrew Walker - Alexander Street in Thunder Bay May 28 2012
THUNDER BAY – The state of emergency in Thunder Bay have police asking the public not to call 911 unless it is an emergency. City services are stretched right now. The City of Thunder Bay website is having difficulties keeping up with the demand on it, and may be slower than usual to load.

NetNewsledger.com is experiencing record traffic so far today. There are well over 150 visitors onboard per minute as of 11:00EDT. Our server is loading in an average of one second. Other sites in the City of Thunder Bay are apparently far slower in loading.

Many residents are starting to wonder why schools and businesses are open. The decision to be open or not is seemingly left to individual business owners. The Thunder Bay Centre of Change and Eat Local Pizza have closed for the day they are encouraging any other none-essential businesses to look at closing which will reduce demands on water.

The City of Thunder Bay reports that approximately three hundred homes have flooded, but state that estimation is still very early. The affected areas include the East End, Intercity, and Northwoods neighbourhoods.

If you need help, Laury Alexander in the Mayor’s Office has set up a Facebook Page: Thunder Bay Flood Assistance.

Oliver-Paipoonge and Conmee townships haveve also declared states of emergency. Highway 11-17 from the Harbour expressway to Sistonen’s corner is closed. Oliver road is closed. Other road closures include: Twin City Cross-Roads, Fraser Rd. Boulter Rd. Veley Lan, Maki Rd and Mud Lake.

Reeves Lucy Kloosterhuis for Oliver-Paipaoonge and Kevin Holland have not issued a boil water advisory. Many people are already doing that to protect themselves from run-off from the precipitation into their wells.

The Thunder Bay Chill advise, “Effective immediately due to the weather conditions, the City has marked all city fields off limits for games and practices. Depending on the conditions over the next few days, we will update you on Wednesday morning.

“Please be advised that all the Thunder Bay Chill Spring House League programs at James St., John Jumbo, and South Neebing have been cancelled today and Tuesday. As well all Chill Reserve team practices are also cancelled for these days.

All Reserve players involved in coaching or officiating in our House league programs are not required to report to work today or Tuesday.”

Reports are also coming in that the weather has also impacted mining in the region. Lac Des Iles mine is reportedly flooded. The mine is located 85 Km NW from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

An NNL reader shares, “My husband works there (LDI) and says his crew has been on stand by for days, not able to get down to their levels because they have been completely flooded. A lot of water damage. Most contractors have been sent home. Lots of talk of lay offs and the mine possibly being shut down for quite awhile”.

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