CENTRE WELLINGTON – The Township and neighbouring municipalities have received a record amount of rainfall within the last few days, with an excess of 100 mm of rainfall occurring between 3 and 5 a.m. this morning. This has resulted in a rapid rise in river levels across the northern portion of the watershed. Township staff are taking precautions to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our community.
The Township has closed all sports fields for the remainder of the day. Several roads have been closed due to flooding and poor road conditions. These roads include:
- 1st Line Pilkington, between Sideroad 5 and Sideroad 11
- Sideroad 5 Pilkington, between 1st Line and 3rd Line
- 6th Line West Garafraxa, North of County Road 18
- Eramosa-Garafraxa Townline @ 4th Line of West Garafraxa
- Sideroad 10 Fergus, between Gartshore Street and 1st Line
- 1st Line West Garafraxa, between Sideroad 10 and Sideroad 15
Staff have informed Mill Street West shop owners of flooding along the boardwalk in Elora this afternoon. Flows through Elora are expected to peak later today and remain high through the weekend.
The Grand River Conservation Authority is reminding the public to exercise extreme caution around all water bodies. 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. Recreational users of the river are advised that flows will be much higher than normal, similar to spring conditions therefore may not be safe for recreational activities such as canoeing or fishing.
For afterhours road, water, wastewater and stormwater emergencies, please call the Township's Afterhours Emergency Call Centre at 1-844-693-6221. Due to increased levels of calls, staff will do their best to get back to you as soon as possible.
For up to date information on road closures, conditions and weather updates, please follow the Township on social media at facebook.com/centrewellington, twitter.com/centrwellington or view our information banner on www.centrewellington.ca.
Map of current road closures as of 12:30 p.m. on Friday, June 23.
For more information:
Kendra Martin | Communications Coordinator
Township of Centre Wellington | 1 MacDonald Square, Elora, ON N0B 1S0
519.846.9691 x220 centrewellington.ca
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