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Swollen Grand River floods Six Nations road, prompting warnings from officials

Six Nations officials have closed parts of 4th Line Road and are warning residents of the dangers of flooding after the swollen Grand River broke its banks.

'Even six inches of fast moving floodwater can knock you off your feet'

Parts of 4th Line Road in Six Nations are closed after the Grand River broke its banks, flooding over the roadway. (Six Nations Fire and Emergency Services/Facebook)

Six Nations officials have closed parts of 4th Line Road and are warning residents of the dangers of flooding after the swollen Grand River broke its banks.

A Monday Facebook post from Six Nations Fire and Emergency Services says the road is closed between Seneca and Mohawk roads as well as Mohawk Road and Boundary Line.

It adds that firefighters have been going door to door in the flooded area to check on residents and pass along contact information.

Drivers are being urged not to ignore road closed signs and instead stop, turn around and drive the other way.

"Yesterday evening a motorist attempted to drive through the flood waters and was pulled into the ditch by the flood waters but thankfully was not pulled into the Grand River," the post reads, adding no one was injured.

"Even six inches of fast moving floodwater can knock you off your feet, and a depth of 12 inches can float your car," it explains. "Never try to walk, swim or drive through the water."

Inland flooding is also happening at several Six Nations homes, according to officials, who pointed to heavy rain over the weekend as the cause.

"The weekend's weather event produced the highest January rainfall on record for this part of the province," the post reads. "Flows in the Grand River have been similar to those experienced during the June 2017 flood event."