KENORA – NEWS – Today, Mayor Dave Canfield signed a declaration to declare a state of Emergency for the City of Kenora as a result of the significant flooding over the past weekend.
Kenora saw more than 109 mm of rain over a two day period which resulted in over 20 roads experiencing moderate to extensive road damage. One road, Veterans Drive, remains closed with a complete wash out. From Friday, June 24th at 1:00 p.m. to Saturday, June 25th at 8:00 a.m., Kenora received 82.6 mm of water. This severe downfall, caused many of our secondary roads to flood, and many are still water covered while roads crews continue to work on the damages from the rainfall.
While the City is diligently working to repair the roads, Veterans Drive, a main entrance into the City will remain closed until the necessary culverts can be obtained for replacement. Crews anticipate being able to reopen the road by the Canada Day long weekend. As an option, a temporary detour is being developed that will access a weigh scale road off Veterans Drive that exits onto Villeneuve Road. This is a former road used by pulp trucks which has been unused and as a result is covered in grass, but is a solid thoroughfare for vehicles. Detour signs will be posted should the public wish to use this route instead of Airport Road or Darlington Bay Road.
A state of emergency has been declared in the City which will allow us the opportunity to access provincial assistance with the situation.
Federal Member of Parliament Bob Nault states, “We will work with Kenora officials to help in any way we can”.