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Flooding closes numerous Thunder Bay roads

Access to some local homes will be impacted, city says.
15th side road culvert
A section of 15th Sideroad is closed as crews install new shale rock around the Mosquito Creek culvert. (Jonathan Wilson, TBT News)

THUNDER BAY – Flooding of numerous streets in the Thunder Bay area will leave a significant number of residents without road access, the city reports.

As of early Thursday evening, flooding had closed sections of 15th Side Road, Trendiak Road, Law Road, Community Hall Road, Gus Wuori Road, Burns Road, Melbourne Road, and Ada Avenue, impacting access to some homes.

“Those unable to access their homes will be required to seek alternate accommodations,” the city advised in a statement. “Those currently in their homes in these areas should stay in their homes if possible. In case of emergency, call 911.”

In addition to the road closures, the city advised residents to avoid roads experiencing significant flooding including Coppin Road, Chippewa Road, Broadway Avenue, Rosslyn Road, Mountain Road, Loch Lomond Road, Little Norway Road, Hazelwood Drive, and Gorevale Road.

Access to homes in those areas could also be impacted, the city said.

Drivers are urged to proceed with caution on roads with higher water levels, as the adjacent ditch may not be visible and is a hazard.

Flooding has also occurred along sections of multi-use trail in various locations across the city. Some, like the underpasses at James Street and Edward Street, are now barricaded.

The trails in Centennial Park, on the west and south sides of the Current River, will be temporarily closed due to flooding on the trails and the high water level of the Current River. The closure is necessary for safety and to minimize damage to the trail surface, the city said.

For more information, or to report a problem, residents can contact the city's infrastructure and operations dispatch line at 625-2195 or publicworks@thunderbay.ca

Once rivers and creeks recede, the city said it will commence any necessary road and trail repairs.

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