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Deepest Sympathy

Council and Staff of the Town of Bancroft are deeply saddened by the passing of Austin Chapleau.

The community was drawn together by their concern for Austin and his family. This  loss will be felt by all.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.


Media Release 15:00hr April 24 2013

After monitoring water levels at the York River, the Town of Bancroft has determined that the residents of the Riverside Chateau and the Riverstone Retirement Residence may return to their homes. There is the condition that they could be asked to leave again if water levels begin to rise.


The OPP and Town of Bancroft are cautioning citizens that it is still dangerous near the river. The water is fast moving and cold and the ground nearby is saturated with water and unstable. You are also reminded that all parks along the river are closed and you must stay well back of all barricades.


The Reception Centre, located at the arena in Bancroft, is now open from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. only. Those who have been displaced because of the flooding, are welcome to come to the arena for food, shelter and information.



(Bancroft, Ontario) – Due to changing weather conditions and continued thawing of lakes and rivers, there has been a change in both water levels and water flow of lakes and rivers in the Bancroft and surrounding area.  


The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are advising residents to be aware of open and fast moving water.


Rivers are moving fast with higher than normal levels, strong currents on and beneath the water surface and the water is still very cold.  There is also debris floating on and below the surface of the water.  


Residents should be aware of the dangers present at the edges of rivers and open water as the ground is unstable.


The OPP strongly urge adults to watch their children if they are near any body of water and to take the time to properly educate their children of the dangers of being around water.



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Contact:  Susanne Cox

                 Community Service Officer

                 Bancroft OPP


Phone:  613-332-2112

Please find some fact sheets on water and food safety during floods.
[1] Before, During and After Flood
[2] Private Septic Systems - Flooding: What to Do
[3] Keeping Food Safe During a Power Failure
[4] Drinking Water Affected by Flooding
These documents are  obtainable on the following website (www.yourhealthunit.ca) at the following link:

Town of Bancroft

8 Hastings Heritage Way, P.O. Box 790
Bancroft, ON K0L 1C0

Phone: (613) 332-3331
Fax: (613) 332-0384

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