12:00EDT May 29 2012 – Thunder Bay updates Flooding Conditions

Thunder BayTHUNDER BAY – Mayor Hobbs, and the City’s Emergency teams would like to remind residents of the ongoing risks that still face our community over the issue of flooding in Thunder Bay and region. “The sun is shining today but the water levels, particularily the Neebing River remain high,” stated Police Chief JP Lesveque. “Its not business as usual, people should take care”.

The local pathways along creeks and rivers are a hazard right now, as the city is assessing the full damage.

The City, through a temporary pumping station, is processing just over half the typical amount of sewage through the Atlantic Avenue Secondary Sewage Treatment Plant and steps will be taken over the next 24 hours to increase pumping capacity. The Declaration of Emergency will remain in place until further notice.

The bridge on Edward Street over the Neebing River will be re-opened this morning.

Darrell Matson and Tim Commisso both stated that while the number of homes damaged is in the hundreds, there are no absolute numbers yet.

The worst hit section of the city is the East End, and the Salvation Army and Red Cross have mobilized to assist residents in that area. Starting at 11AM today, and again at 6PM the Salvation Army Soup Van will be in the East End offering meals to people. Through the day they will be available for hydration needs of residents.

Portable toilets were placed in the area overnight.

Slovak Legion in the East End will be a command post Shelley and Barb are on site ..they are glad to be of help office number is 623-3354 or Barbs cell is 626-0313.

One concern not raised during the press conference was what should residents be doing if their homes were flooded. There are concerns that homes will be contaminated.

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