Flooding forces Brantford to declare state of emergency

The City of Brantford has declared a state of emergency over flooding along the Grand River. Brantford is a city in southwestern Ontario, Canada, founded on the Grand River

The flooding comes amid milder temperatures, rainfall and melting snow.

The Grand River Conservation Authority reported an ice-jam upstream at the Parkhill Dam in Cambridge broke free around 2 a.m. Wednesday morning.

The conservation Authority said, “When this ice-jam released, it sent a surge of water downstream.”

“Banks adjacent to rivers and creeks are very slippery at this time and, when combined with current weather conditions, pose a serious hazard. Parents are encouraged to keep their children and pets away from all watercourses and off frozen water bodies, which will be extremely unsafe as a result of the warming trend.”

Early  morning today Brantford ordered three neighbourhoods — Holmedale, Old West Brant and Eagle Place — to evacuate immediately and is strongly urging everyone in the flood plain to leave.

“The City of Brantford has declared a state of emergency due to the ongoing flooding crisis,” the city said on Twitter around 10:30 a.m.

“Buses are available to help evacuate at Eagle Avenue and Foster Street, Baldwin and Erie avenues, Erie and Aberdeen avenues.”

Those requiring shelter can go to Woodman Community Centre, the city said.