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ADVISORY Re: Potential Spring Flooding - Update April 25, 2019
Posted: Apr 25, 2019

 

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ADVISORY

 

Date:    Thursday, April 25, 2019

To:        Sagamok Community

From:   Emergency Operations Control Group

 

RE:        POTENTIAL SPRING FLOODING  - UPDATE


 

Springtime waters give us cause for concern in Sagamok every year.  As warmth moves into our territories, it brings with it uncertainty from the melting waters of the snow pack covering three watersheds that empty into Lake Huron through the mouth of the Spanish River.   We are most concerned in Sagamok with the impact of spring waters on our road infrastructure that runs along water bodies (especially the Spanish River) as well as on our homes that are located in areas of the community that may flood.

 

This year, the three watershed territories that drain into Lake Huron through the mouth of the Spanish River have all received above average snowfall that is now melting. 

 

The ideal weather conditions for a melt of the snow packs that flow out through the Spanish River is a gradual warming that sees daytime melts balanced with nighttime freezes, placing limits on the melting waters draining into Lake Huron. 

 

CURRENT CONDITIONS

 

In the last few days, water levels have come up in the Spanish River and there are areas of the Sagamok Main Access Road and along River Road that  are  of concern.  Temperatures have been favorably balanced with nighttime freezes that have helped to moderate the Spanish River’s volume. 

 

PREPARATION IS KEY TO PROTECTING OUR COMMUNITY

 

Sagamok Fire Department has been observing the water levels of the Spanish River and other low lying areas for a number of weeks as well as monitoring water flow and weather reports as it assesses the  situation. 

 

Sagamok Fire Department has kept Sagamok’s Emergency Operations Control Group (the body that comes together to manage an emergency situation that might face the community, or the E.O.C.G) informed of current conditions over the last three weeks.  The E.O.C.G. last met on Wednesday, April 24.

 

Though there is no immediate need from families displaced by 

flooding, precautionary assistance is being requested from the Canadian Red Cross who will provide a Sea Can stocked with cots in the event that homes may need to be evacuated for flooding concerns.  The Sea Can will be placed at Enji Wii ji Gaabwitaadaaying (New Community Hall) for access if needed.  

 

Sagamok Naandwedjige-Gamik has engaged itself in planning for the needs of community members in the event that an emergency is declared.  If you have any health care needs such as home care nursing services, home dialysis or are an expectant mother who is near her due date and you have not yet been contacted by Naandwedjige-Gamik already, please call (705) 865-2171 to identify your needs in case of an evacuation with Shirley Gregorini at ext.327. 

 

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

 

Though there is no immediate danger threatening road access to and from Sagamok, the E.O.C.G wants to request that everyone do their part to prepare themselves and the community for threats from springtime waters. 

 

Families    are encouraged to do what they can to prepare for any flooding and reduce their risks, including:

 

· Practice your family’s home evacuation plan

· Put together an emergency kit together

· Collect important papers and valuables in a safe, dry place

· Gather supplies in case of a temporary road closure.  Stock up on food supplies and medications that may be required for members of your family. 

· Strengthen your home against damage

· Consider home insurance coverage that includes flooding

· Don’t forget to plan for accommodations and evacuation needs of your pets

 

Families who have homes in flood-prone areas     are encouraged to prepare for the event that they may need to leave their home if it floods.  Be aware that those families requiring temporary accommodations with the Canadian Red Cross’s Sea Can cots at Enji Wii ji Gaabwitaadaaying will need to provide their own bedding (blankets, pillows). 

 

Non Resident Employees, Service Providers    Those who travel to and from Sagamok on a daily basis to work should be aware of a potential for the Sagamok Main Access Road to be closed to traffic in a response to threats from rising waters.  In the event that traffic is closed, a notice will be posted immediately on the Members of Sagamok Anishnawbek facebook group advising of the closure.    

 

Non-Resident Employees of Sagamok Anishnawbek can expect to be contacted by the Human Resources Manager or immediate supervisor for instruction. 

 

Community Service Partners, such as Nogdawindamin Family Community & Social Services and Maamwesying Community Health Services will be emailed any notices concerning potential road closures so that they may contact their non-resident employees working in Sagamok for instruction. 

 

Espanola High School Students & Parents    In the event that bus transportation service is disrupted for students of Espanola High School,  students may choose to continue their studies using their online classroom portals until road access is restored.  They can do this from home or Waawaasnoode Adult Learning Centre (WALC). 

 

Non-Resident High School Bus Drivers

 

In the event that a Road Closure occurs—either preventatively to preserve the Main Access roadway or for safety issues—bus drivers who are non-residents will be contacted to advise them of the service disruption by the Education Director. 

 

In the event that a High School Bus Driver encounters road safety issues that bar their access to the Sagamok community, they are to turn their busses back and  asked to contact

1. 9-1-1 to report the road safety issue and

2. the Education Director so that notice may be provided to Espanola High School and parents. 

 

Road Traffic    Measures have been put into place to help preserve Sagamok’s roadways.  All traffic must adhere to these measures.  

 

Regular TrafficVehicles are required to obey the newly reduced speed limit of 50 km/h placed upon traffic of the Sagamok community, particularly along those roadways that run adjacent to the Spanish River. 

 

Commercial & Industrial Traffic—Heavy vehicles are required to obey the half-load restrictions placed upon Sagamok roadways that will remain in effect until otherwise lifted. 

 

Tenants    are reminded to ensure that sump pumps are plugged in and in operating condition as requested in a Housing Department Advisory issued March 13, 2019.  Tenants are asked to check their basements for water and to contact the Housing Department to report any flooding in their homes and to request assistance.  They are also advised to take necessary precautions to protect their personal property from flooding. 

 

Community Members

Check in on your families and friends (especially those that are vulnerable, shut-ins and with mobility concerns) to help them  check their homes for flood water threats and damage, not to mention address any flooding that might have occurred. 

 

Be prepared to make room for families and friends who may be displaced by flooding in their homes and in need of temporary accommodation. 

 

Retailers    are advised that in the event of a Main Access Road closure, there may be significant pressure on their product supplies and are asked to be mindful of community needs as they stock up in preparation. 

 

Transport Companies    Those residents who park their work trucks at home are advised to consider parking in Massey and commuting with their personal vehicles to their work trucks each day to avoid any sudden road closure threats that may impact your work operations. 

 

 

The Sagamok Fire Department will continue to monitor the waterflows of the Spanish River and provide updates to the Sagamok community on the status of the river’s water levels and any threats posed to Sagamok’s roads and residential areas.  All updates on Potential Spring Flooding will be posted first to the Members of Sagamok Anishnawbek facebook group and then  uploaded to the news section of the www.sagamok.ca website.

 

 

 

SAGAMOK ANISHNAWBEK

PO Box 610    Massey, ON     P0P 1P0

(705) 865-2421       1 (800) 567-2896

 

 

As a precaution, a Sea Can container containing cots (emergency accommodations for families) will be provided by the Canadian Red Cross.  It will await potential use from its location at Enji Wii ji Gaabwitaadaaying

 

Call Shirley Gregorini at (705) 865-2171 ext.327 if you have any health needs that need to be considered during an emergency where the Main Access Road may become inaccessible

 

There is no immediate danger from spring waters, but we’re preparing as a precaution!

 

Families—be flood smart and reduce your risks to yourselves and homes

 

Families who may experience flooding and need emergency accommodations at the Enji Wii ji Gaabwitaadaaying site should be prepared to bring their own bedding. 

 

As a precaution, a Sea Can container containing cots (emergency accommodations for families) will be provided by the Canadian Red Cross.  It will await potential use from its location at Enji Wii ji Gaabwitaadaaying

 

Call Shirley Gregorini at (705) 865-2171 ext.327 if you have any health needs that need to be considered during an emergency where the Main Access Road may become

inaccessible

 

There is no immediate danger from spring waters, but we’re preparing as a precaution!

 

Families—be flood smart and reduce your risks to yourselves and homes

 

Families who may experience flooding and need emergency accommodations at the Enji Wii ji Gaabwitaadaaying site should be prepared to bring their own bedding. 

 

Non-Resident Employees and Community Service Partners are to expect notice in the event that the Main Access Road is closed

 

In case of a road closure, Espanola High School students can continue their studies using on-line classroom access portals and if needed, may visit WALC for online access.  

 

Non-Resident bus drivers are to await contact from the Education Director in the event that the Main Access Road is closed.

 

Non-Resident bus drivers are advised to turn their buses around, contact 9-1-1 and the Education Director if they encounter any issues with accessing the Main Access Road

 

Follow the posted 50 km/h speed limit

 

Commercial & Industrial vehicular traffic are required to follow posted half-load  restrictions until otherwise lifted

 

Tenants are asked to check their sub-pumps are plugged in, check their basement for water and to do what they can to protect their personal property.

 

Check on family and friends to help them monitor their homes and properties for potential flooding or damage that has already occurred and to help them prepare themselves in case of a flooding emergency

 

 

 

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