City of Thunder Bay – We have a major disaster – Acting Mayor Johnson


NNL-FloodandRecoveryTHUNDER BAY – The declared emergency has been a week ongoing now. Tim Commisso says that in the next couple of days that the disaster declaration will be likely adopted by the province.

Acting Mayor Johnson says that “We have a major disaster”.

“The emergency disaster is unprecedented in this community,” stated Johnson. “At present we have over 500 people on the list who need help cleaning their houses”.

“This is city wide it is all over the city,” said Johnson.

“One of the things we have already is 300 constructions workers staying at Lakehead University”.

Accommodation and food for those workers at Lakehead University will be covered by the facility.

There is need for accommodation in the city.

Johnson said “The health issues are very important, and we have tried to announce that they should be leaving their homes”.

“As one issue seems to resolve itself, another one or two shows up”.

“We are looking for people to continue to conserve water,” added Johnson.

Darrell Matson says at 12:45EDT today that one of the five pumps has started to work. “By late tonight some of the temporary pumping stations will be able to be shut down, but will be left in place.

“We are below the level that those pumps can work. We are moving to get another of the 800hp units in place, and will be doing one per week.

“The Ontario Clean Water Agency is in Thunder Bay and helping”.

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