Fort Frances tackles post-flooding sinkholes
Water levels on Rainy Lake and Rainy River continue to recede, and flood-affected communities are beginning to take stock of additional damage.
Town of Fort Frances spokesperson Patrick Briere said sinkholes have been appearing in streets and sidewalks.
“Now that we've had the sunshine and the grounds have dried out, they are appearing,” he said.
“Our public works crews are doing a fantastic job going around and marking all these areas off ... they are repairing them as fast as they can."
Crews have fixed about 70 per cent of the holes, Briere noted.
The town continues to monitor water levels on the Rainy River, and in the community's storm sewers.
Fort Frances’s sewage treatment plant is back to running at normal capacity.
Meanwhile area politicians are raising their voices in an effort to secure funding for flood-ravaged communities in the Rainy River watershed.
Kenora-Rainy River MPP Sarah Campbell raised the issue Monday morning during question period, noting 10 communities have declared states of emergency.
"Will the premier help the people of Kenora-Rainy River today by committing funds from the Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program to provide badly-needed relief to these ten hard-hit communities,” she asked.
Minister of Natural Resources Bill Mauro fielded Campbell's question.
Mauro didn't commit to provincial funding, but said he's been in contact with the mayors of Fort Frances, Atikokan and Kenora.
"I've talked to them [and] they've been very pleased to this point with the outreach that's been provided and the support that's been provided by all of the appropriate ministries including MNR,” he said.
Mauro said abnormal weather events are happening on, what he calls, "a far too regular basis."