Lakeshore Raises Flood Response Level One Step Below ‘State Of Emergency’

Wednesday July 10th, 2019

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Record water levels have led officials at the Town of Lakeshore to raise their high water emergency response level to one step below the declaration of a state of emergency.

Officials say the town has upgraded its response to the record high water levels on Lake St. Clair by moving to a state of “Enhanced Activation.”

The Enhanced Activation level places emergency services on standby and convenes the Municipal Emergency Control Group to provide ongoing assessment on whether there is a danger of major proportions that could result in a serious harm to persons or substantial damage to property as a result of the high water levels.

Should those conditions materialize, the officials say the town will further elevate the emergency response level to ‘Full Activation’ and declare a State of Emergency.

Additional road patrols by Lakeshore staff will be used to monitor and visually inspect the shoreline and affected areas including roads, drainage and pumps. Water conditions throughout the municipality will be tracked and assessed.

Sandbags and sand are available to residents living on the water. To date, the Town has provided over 80,000 sandbags free to residents to help them protect their homes.

On July 10th, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Essex County Auxiliary unit and the Lakeshore OPP Community Policing Committee will be aiding Lakeshore area residents requiring flooding assistance to help fill and load sandbags.

The Town encourages residents to adopt Personal Flood Emergency Plans. The personal Flood Emergency Plan guide can be found on the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority’s website at: https://www.lowerthames-conservation.on.ca/wp- content/uploads/2014/05/Personal-Flood-Emergency-Planning.pdf.

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