“Significant progress” has been made in clearing the Credit River ice jam in Brampton – Toronto


Progress has been made in clearing an ice jam on the Credit River in Brampton where a community was flooded last week, but weather continues to pose a challenge, officials said Tuesday.

Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown and Brampton Fire Chief Bill Boyes provided an update on flooding in the Churchville neighborhood near Churchville Road and Steeles Avenue West.

Brown said around 100 homes were damaged as a result of the flooding which began last week.

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He said nearly everyone was able to return to their homes except for residents of six homes where authorities were still working to restore power.

“Obviously it’s been a very tough few days in this historic neighborhood — one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city of Brampton,” Brown said.

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Brown said crews have made “significant progress” in getting the Credit River flowing again.

“It’s starting to come back to its natural alignment and we’ve had two excavators working full time breaking the ice and making sure the water can flow again,” he said.

“The only caveat in this positive news is that we are currently seeing very mild temperatures which will put further pressure on the Credit River and could cause further problems, but with the dedication of Public Works and the Region of Peel, we are very optimistic, we will get through this.

Brown said a team from the province will be on site Thursday to assess the extent of the damage.

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“It’s very important because the insurance won’t cover the level of damage we’ve seen in Churchville homes and so we’ll need that provincial help,” he said.

“They’re going to come in and assess if it meets the provincial requirement to provide assistance.”

Brown said with additional rain and snowmelt on Tuesday, it’s especially important for the river to flow in its natural direction and for the ice to break up further.

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Boyes also spoke about the progress being made, noting that water levels have dropped 12 inches since the early morning hours.

He said there were also three large pumps pumping water from low areas.

“We’re doing everything we can to prevent more flooding from happening here, but we’re also battling the weather, which is a challenge,” Boyes said.

He said officials are also watching for any potential ice that may come from the Credit River.

Boyes said he wants residents to be prepared in case they have to leave and noted crews are staying on the scene.

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