Next steps in Churchville flood ongoing recovery taking shape in Brampton

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Published February 23, 2022 at 6:34 pm

Access will remain limited in areas of Brampton where serious flooding forced residents out of their homes last week.

Late Wednesday, Brampton Fire Chief Bill Boyes said that the flood response can now be considered an “ongoing recovery effort.” Residents have returned to an area where waters rose to at least six feet high due to heavy precipitation and melting snow on Feb. 17, which resulted in damage to at least 50 homes.

Boyes did not put a dollar amount on the damages during a media conference earlier today. However, a city release said that a Provincial Disaster Assistance Team will be on scene tomorrow (Feb. 24) to assess the area for potential financial assistance through the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians (DRAO) program.

For the time being, the Churchville Bridge remains closed to vehicular traffic. Creditview Road is open to local traffic only. Churchville Park South, where some of the worst flooding occurred, also remains closed.

Clean-up plans will be plotted in partnership with Credit Valley Conservation, the city’s release stated.

“The city’s Parks staff will be working closely with Credit Valley Conservation on a restoration plan for the area,” it said. “Any necessary repair work to damaged roadways and shoulders will take place in the summer months.”

The longer-range forecast for Brampton projects mostly below-freezing temperatures, moderate humidity and periods of light snow for the next 10 days or so, at least until the March 5-6 weekend. (Friday’s forecast calls for moderate snow.)

“Further precipitation is not forecasted in the coming days, however weather patterns may change,” the city said. “Residents are encouraged to monitor changing patterns and any associated impacts on their property.”

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