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Temporary shelter established due to flooding

The Town of Orangeville has established a temporary shelter at the Tony Rose Memorial Sports Centre tonight, at 6 Northmen Way, to accommodate residents displaced by flooding due to heavy precipitation.

A severe thunderstorm resulted in flooding in several areas of Orangeville with culverts close to full in many areas. Flooding occurred on many streets, including First Street, Hansen Boulevard, Town Line and Sherbourne Street with the Town's on-call Public Works staff erecting signage to control traffic and inform the public of the danger, according to Director of Public Works Jack Tupling.

The flooding resulted in several residents needing temporary shelter. As of 11:30 p.m. there were 14 residents in the temporary shelter - two from an apartment building on Second Avenue and 12 from a multiple residential building in the north end. That number could increase, according to Fire Chief Andy Macintosh who said firefighters had met residents who had left their homes due to flooding. Several apartment units at the building on Second Avenue were flooded with many of those residents finding accommodation with family and friends.

The Orangeville Fire Department responded to multiple calls. "We've had flash floods before but nothing like this," said Fire Chief Macintosh. "The Fire Department has had 26 calls since 6 p.m., all of them flood-related, including a house fire in Grand Valley caused by lightning. We can't control the weather but we can control the situation and everything is under control."

Orangeville Mayor Rob Adams said he surveyed some of the flooding in Town and has never seen anything like it. "I saw water shooting five feet in the air through cracks on John Street, parking lots were flooded adjacent to Mill Creek, cars were having difficulty travelling on Sherbourne Street, and stormwater ponds were higher than I've ever seen them."

Mayor Adams said emergency service personnel were quick and thorough in their response to those in need. "The Town, the Fire Department, the County, and the Police responded extremely well and did what they are trained to do. They did a tremendous job. These were unusual conditions and an extraordinary rainfall and everything has been looked after."

Dufferin County's Community Services provided cots for the temporary shelter and the Salvation Army provided food for the evacuees.

Following further assessment by various agencies, residents will be advised when it's safe to return to their homes.

Residents Maureen and Robert Ingles at temporary shelter with Fire Chief Andy Macintosh, Mayor Rob Adams and Town CAO Rick Schwarzer.
 
 
Residents Maureen and Robert Ingles at temporary shelter with Fire Chief Andy Macintosh, Mayor Rob Adams and Town CAO Rick Schwarzer.
 
 

Last Updated May 4, 2012