Flooding Affects Town on Lake Superior Circle Tour
Posted at: 10/28/2012 4:14 PM
| Updated at: 10/28/2012 10:43 PM
By: Jon Ellis
Major flooding has affected a town on the eastern side of the Lake Superior Circle Tour in Ontario and closed part of the route.
Heavy rain caused severe flooding late last week in the Wawa area. The city and the Michipicoten First Nation declared states of emergency and parts of Highways 17 and 101 were closed due to washouts. Highway 17 is the route for the Lake Superior Circle Tour.
There are no reports of injuries, but Ontario Provincial police did have to help evacuate residents who became isolated when rushing waters washed out roads leading to their homes. A Ministry of Natural Resources helicopter evacuated 18 vulnerable residents from the Michipicoten First Nation.
Phone lines and 911 services in Dubreuilville, Hawk Junction and Missinabie were knocked out by the flood and were still not available as of Sunday.
Southbound lanes of Highway 17 were expected to reopen Sunday but work continued on northbound lanes and no date was set for reopening.
The province is helping Wawa officials apply for disaster relief to help municipalities, individuals, farmers, small businesses, and non-profit organizations rebuild.
Photo supplied by Ontario Provincial Police