Kitchener-Waterloo

3-year-old reported missing as car submerged in Grand River west of Grand Valley

Dufferin OPP are combing the banks of the Grand River west of Grand Valley, near Orangeville, after a car left the roadway overnight Wednesday. OPP confirmed a three-year-old child is missing.

Fast flowing river took car two kilometres from point of entry; woman survives

A water rescue team combs through the Grand River after a vehicle left the roadway and entered the river early Wednesday morning. (Brad Patton/Twitter)

Dufferin Ontario Provincial Police have confirmed a three-year-old child is missing after a car left the roadway overnight Wednesday at 2:15 a.m.

A woman was taken to hospital as precaution after the vehicle she was in, left the road and went into the Grand River west of Orangeville, Ont. 

Dufferin OPP told CBC News the van was swept into the river after the driver went through a road block that was put in place because of the flooding at Tenth Line and Station Street in the village of Waldemar.

The intensity of the fast moving river swept the vehicle downstream about two kilometres toward a bridge at Line 109 and Tenth Line to its resting point.

 Police continue to search the banks of the Grand River for the child.

The vehicle entered the water in Waldemar at Station St. and 10th Line and rested 2 kilometres south near Highway 109 and 10th Line. (Google Maps)

Dangerous waters

Const. Paul Nancekivell told CBC Kitchener-Waterloo police may bring in a dive team to investigate, however the team may not be able to enter the river as the current is very fast and may not be safe. 

Nancekivell said the area of Amaranth Township, the Village of Waldemar and Town of Grand Valley received a large amount of rain leading to extensive flooding.

As of Wednesday morning, the Grand River Conservation Authority said the had watershed received between 40 and 60 mm of rain, with Environment Canada suggesting some localized spots may have received as much as 75 mm.

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