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OPP WARN RESIDENTS OF DANGEROUS WATER CONDITIONS   

 

(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:
 

SMITH ADDRESSES YORK RIVER FLOODING

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 23rd, 2013

 

(QUEEN’S PARK) – Prince Edward-Hastings MPP Todd Smith commends residents and officials in the Town of Bancroft dealing the York River flood. Smith, who was in Bancroft Friday night at a community event, has continually been in contact with officials so that he could update the provincial government on the impact that the flood was having on the Town.

 

“I’ve been in contact with Mayor Jenkins since late Friday night.” Smith stated. “I’ve also been keeping the Minister’s office at Community Safety up to date with information to ensure that any services that can be provided to the Town by the provincial government, are being provided.”

 

Flooding has occurred across the watershed in Haliburton, Renfrew and Northern Hastings counties resulting in destruction in many communities. Assessments will be done in the coming days to evaluate the cost of the damage to municipalities. “It’s my job to represent the people of Bancroft and North Hastings and I intend to make sure that the town receives the Ontario  Disaster Relief Assistance Program funding that it needs to make the necessary repairs.”

 

Smith was quick to laud the efforts of community leaders and volunteers. “Chief Pat Hoover has done a phenomenal job responding to this emergency. The town has really come together in this time of crisis and that says a lot about the community leadership in Bancroft.”

 

For Further Information, Please Contact: Mitch Heimpel | 416 3252702 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Electrical Safety and Water Damaged Electrical Equipment

Guidelines on what to do in the event of flooding or water damage click here to download

 

School Closure

Schools in Bancroft will remain closed for Wednesday.

 

The Hastings-Prince Edward District School Board and the Algonquin and District Catholic School Board have agreed to keep the North Hastings High School, the York River Public School and Our Lady of Mercy Catholic School closed for another day.

 

Although the weather has been sunny and warm and the river levels have receded slightly, the Emergency Management team is concerned about the rain forecast for Wednesday and Thursday and what that will do to river levels. Parents are reminded that there will be no school buses for those schools. The decision for Thursday will be made on Wednesday afternoon.

 

The North Hastings Children's Centre will also remain closed on Wednesday.

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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