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Heavy rains cause flooding, road closures

June 28, 2017   ·   0 Comments


By Mark Pavilons


The heavy rain experienced in the area recently resulted in residential flooding and road closures in New Tecumseth. The amount of rainfall is unprecedented.
On Friday, several roads reported very high water levels and many were closed.
Closures impacted Country Road 50, from Country Road 1 to Country Road 14; Country Road 1, from Country Road 50 and Adjala-Tecumseth Town Line; 3rd Line, from Sideroad 20 to Country Road 27; 15th Sideroad, between 5th and 6th Line; 2nd Line, between Sideroad 10 and Sideroad 15; 4th Line, between Sideroad 20 and Country Road 27.
Fields were flooded and some roads were washed out with a lot of damage to road shoulders as evidenced by bright orange safety cones placed by Town staff. Many homes were also affect especially in areas nears rivers and streams.
According to Peter Alm, water resource engineer with the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority, the location with the highest rainfall was their rain gauge at Mono, with a total rainfall amount for the month of June of about 180 mm so far and approximately 114 mm of this rain on Thursday-Friday last week.
For comparison, based on the nearby Environment Canada’s Climate Normal for Egbert Ontario, the average rainfall for all of June is 84.3 mm, so we are much higher than normal and much different than last year when we were approaching “Low Water” conditions at this point in the summer.
Rainfall amounts in the north end of the watershed are generally lower, but we still had approximately 113 mm for the month of June so far in Collingwood based on our rain gauge there.
The Nottawasaga Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), New Tecumseth Fire and Rescue, the Township of New Tecumseth, Township of Adjala-Tosorontio and the County of Simcoe are requesting that members of the public be aware of flooding in the areas of Beeton, Tottenham, Hockley Village and Loretto.
Major roadways through these areas have experienced flooding. There are some road closures due to sink holes and high water levels.
Residents and travellers through this area are to expect road closures on main arteries and side roads.
The public are reminded keep their children, as well as themselves, away from ditches, streams and rivers as they are swollen. This weakens their embankments and the water is fast flowing.
Recreation facilities, such as parks may be flooded throughout the affected area. Please check with the appropriate Township as to any planned activities during the next few days.
New Tecumseth residents seeking non-emergent information on road closures or event cancellations are asked to contact the New Tecumseth Public Works at 705-435-3900 or 905-729-0057, ext. 1400.
Adjala-Tosorontio residents seeking non-emergent information on road closures or event cancellations are asked to contact the Adjala-Tosorontio Public Works at 705-434-5055.

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