Markstay-Warren needs funding for flood repairs: mayor
Community east of Sudbury declared a state of emergency last week
The mayor of Markstay-Warren says with recent flooding in the community, she will have to approach the province for emergency funding to help with repairs.
Sonja Flynn flew over Markstay-Warren yesterday for a look at the damages. The minister of Community Safety, Madeleine Meilleur, joined her for the flight.
Flynn said it's too early to tell what the repairs will cost.
"We have three bridges compromised in our area, and if they’re found structurally unsound … we can’t evaluate until the engineer comes in today," she said, adding the assessment won’t include residential damage to area properties.
Flynn also noted that, along with damage to several bridges and culverts, a major artery in the community — MacLean Road — remains closed and also need repairs.
"This artery on MacLean … there’s two-fold [impact]," she said.
"It shortens the route for people coming home from Sudbury. It’s also an emergency route and school bus [route]. Just for the school children alone, [the road closure] could add 25 to 30 minutes on their route to school."
Meanwhile, the conservation authority in North Bay is warning home owners and cottagers on Lake Nipissing to remove anything they can from the shoreline.
There's concern ice on the lake could get blown into the shoreline and be pushed along by water levels that are already high.
As well, the Ministry of Natural Resources is also warning that there is still a flood risk along the Sturgeon and French Rivers.
A flood warning for the South River watershed has been downgraded to a flood watch.
And officials say both Bracebridge and Huntsville will remain in a state of emergency for the foreseeable future as the area continues to deal with flooding.
Huntsville mayor Claude Doughty reported there was "six feet of water in living rooms in some places."