Haldimand County Hosting Flooding Hazard Information Session With Grand River, Long Point Region And Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authorities

Haldimand County is inviting residents to attend an information session regarding Lake Erie flooding hazards and preparedness measures on Monday, December 2, 2019 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Dunnville Community Lifespan Centre (275 Ramsey Drive, Dunnville). Staff from the County and Grand River, Long Point Region and Niagara Peninsula conservation authorities will be present to share information and answer questions.

While Lake Erie’s static water level has decreased over recent months, there remains a heightened risk of significant shoreline flooding, beach submersion, crawl space/septic system inundation and wave-driven erosion. This risk is expected to continue for the foreseeable future.

At the December 2nd information session, residents will have an opportunity to learn about the record high lake levels, the roles each agency plays in watershed/shoreline management and flood response, how to stay informed about flood events, and measures residents can take to protect themselves and their property.

“We’ve already seen the damaging power of Lake Erie and the impacts it can have on our waterways and shorelines. With lake levels as high as they are, we really need property owners to understand the severity of these hazards and know exactly what to do and how to stay informed before, during and after a flood event,” said Jason Gallagher, Haldimand County’s Fire Chief & Manager of Emergency Services.

A brief presentation led by Haldimand County Emergency Services and the Grand River Conservation Authority will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., followed by a ‘meet and greet’ with County and conservation authority staff.

Following the presentation, residents are encouraged to visit information stations to ask questions of staff and find out specifics about their property, including whether their property is in a designated flood zone, which conservation authority jurisdiction they fall within & what permits may be required for shoreline protection structures/how to obtain them.

Haldimand County Seeking Additional Public Input To Enhance Public Parks In Cayuga

Haldimand County is once again seeking community input into enhancing public parks in Cayuga. Following public meetings and workshops held earlier in 2019, a survey has been developed to collect additional ideas from residents to help establish a community-driven vision for the Cayuga parks system.

Feedback is being sought for four parks: the Village Green, Cayuga Library Parkette, Bob Baigent Park and the Cayuga Administration Building/Museum property.

Landscape architecture and planning firm Stempski Kelly Associates Inc. has been facilitating the community engagement process and will produce conceptual preferences for the four public parks. Comments from the public are a valuable part of the design process and will be considered in the final park design recommendations.

Residents are encouraged to take the survey online and provide their comments by November 25.

Anyone seeking further information about the survey or Cayuga parks enhancements in general is encouraged to call 905-318-5932 or e-mail Haldimand County’s Community Development & Partnerships Division at cdp@haldimandcounty.on.ca.

Haldimand Residents Invited To ‘Meet & Greets’ With O.P.P. & Police Services Board

The Haldimand County Police Services Board and Haldimand County O.P.P. Detachment are hosting three ‘Meet & Greet’ open houses to discuss community issues and provide residents with an opportunity to learn more about policing.

Meet & Greet schedule:

Jarvis – Thursday, November 28, 2019 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Jarvis Lawn Bowling Building (2020 Main Street South, Jarvis)

Caledonia – Thursday, December 12, 2019 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Remax Room at the Haldimand County Caledonia Centre (3-100 Haddington Street, Caledonia)

Dunnville – Wednesday, January 15, 2020 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Optimist Club of Dunnville (101 Main Street East, Dunnville)

The Meet & Greet format will be an open forum moderated by Police Services Board Chair Bernie Corbett. Residents who attend will have the chance to ask questions and chat with both police officers & Police Services Board members. The goal of the ‘Meet & Greet’ sessions is to generate meaningful conversations about community issues, needs and concerns.

More information about policing in Haldimand County, including the 2017-2019 Haldimand County OPP Action Plan, is available at haldimandcounty.ca/police-services.

Edinburgh Square Hosting Special ‘Art Of War’ Presentation, P.A Day Program, Photography Exhibition & More This November

From photography exhibitions and guest speakers to special children’s and family programming, there’s something for everyone at Caledonia’s Edinburgh Square Heritage & Cultural Centre this November.

Guest Lecture: ‘The Art of War’ with Ryan Graham – November 9 (2pm)
Join guest lecturer Ryan Graham for a special presentation titled ‘The Art of War’. Art is a reflection of the society that creates it, so what kind of art is produced when that society goes to war? ‘The Art of War’ discusses two artistic interpretations on the subject. The first, the ancient Romans who embraced war through their creative expression of state propaganda, and the second, a radical group of artists rebelling against art itself during WWI. Pre-registration is required for this program; the cost is $5/person. Code: 10387.

P.A. Day Program: ‘Jingle All The Way’ – November 15 (9am to 4pm)
‘Jingle All The Way’ is an entertaining full-day program for kids 5 to 10 years old. Kids will spend the day with Edinburgh Square’s elves and enjoy festive crafts/activities, including: making a snowman buddy, decorating cookies, singing songs and designing special tree ornaments for Light-Up Night. Pre-registration is required for this program; the cost is $26.25 per child. Code: 10381.

Haldimand Photography Club Exhibition Opening Reception – November 15 (6 to 8:30pm)
Edinburgh Square is pleased to welcome back the Haldimand Photography Club’s annual exhibition. The exhibition features a selection of unique photographic works created by talented artists. Stop by for the opening reception & see the Club’s amazing work. The exhibit will remain open until February 21, 2020. Admission is free.

Light-Up Night Festivities at Edinburgh Square – November 28 (6 to 8pm)
Stop by and enjoy the sounds of the season performed by local musician Phyllis Bryce and her students. Special tours of the Centre will also be offered, including a tour of the infamous jail cell. No registration is required for this event, and admission is free. Access to the concert area and jail cell are by stairs only.

Registration for The Art of War & Jingle All The Way may be completed online using the code provided or in-person at any County office. For more information on these programs or other Museum offerings, please contact Edinburgh Square Heritage and Cultural Centre at esquare.centre@haldimandcounty.on.ca or 905-765-3134. A comprehensive schedule of all Museum programs is available in the County’s Community Guide.

Haldimand County Tackling Storm Cleanup, Damage Assessments

Overnight on Thursday, October 31 and Friday, November 1, severe winds and high waves downed trees and caused roadway flooding & damage throughout Haldimand County. Haldimand County Emergency Services and Roads crews worked through the night to clear debris and close affected roads. Much of the cleanup and damage assessments were completed over the weekend and all roads have now been re-opened.

Lakeshore Rd. east of Reicheld Rd. sustained the most significant damage and crews worked throughout the weekend to remove debris and asphalt heaved by strong waves. Staff have installed a temporary gravel roadway for this affected section of Lakeshore Rd. and the road has been re-opened.

Further updates about the impacts of this storm will be issued as information becomes available.

 

Flood Watch Upgraded To Flood Warning For Lake Erie Shoreline

Effective immediately, the Long Point Region Conservation Authority (LPRCA) is issuing a Flood Warning for the entire Lake Erie shoreline within its jurisdiction. The Watershed Conditions Statement issued by the Grand River Conservation Authority remains in effect.

Environment Canada is forecasting 70 km/h winds or higher out of the south-west with gusts 90 km/h or higher this evening and continuing into early Friday morning.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) is currently forecasting Port Colborne to rise 1.4 meters above the current level to an elevation of 176.0 meters (IGLD) and Long Point to rise 0.9 meters above the current level to an elevation of 175.5 meters (IGLD). Strong winds are expected to cause wave heights to reach up to 1.8 meters in the Port Colborne area and up to 3.4 meters in the Long Point area. The forecasted lake surge and wave heights are larger in magnitude to what occurred during this past Sunday’s event. Water levels are expected to peak between 10:00 PM Thursday evening and 2:00 AM Friday morning.

Flooding can be expected in low lying areas along the Lake Erie shoreline if this level is reached.

Haldimand County Emergency Services will be closely monitoring conditions and roads along the lakeshore and implement closures as necessary. Access to the Port Maitland Pier has been closed off and the public is urged to stay away from this area due to expected high winds and waves.

Members of the public are urged to stay away from all shoreline areas experiencing strong wave action and elevated water levels. Residents are also advised to contact their insurance company regarding flood insurance if they do not already have it.

This Flood Watch is in effect until noon on Friday, November 1, 2019.

Flood Watch Issued For Lake Erie Shoreline, Residents Urged To Stay Away From Waterways

Effective immediately, the Long Point Region Conservation Authority is issuing a Flood Watch for all areas along the Lake Erie shoreline. The Grand River Conservation Authority has also issued a Watershed Conditions Statement for the Grand River Watershed.

Environment Canada is expecting up to 37 km/h winds from the northeast this afternoon, diminishing to 19 km/h southeast overnight and south Thursday morning. Winds are expected to increase to 28 km/h southwest by noon Thursday, and further increase to 65 km/h southwest Thursday evening.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) is currently forecasting Port Colborne to rise 1.1 meters above the current level to an elevation of 175.7 meters (IGLD) and Long Point to rise 0.5 meters above the current level to an elevation of 175.2 meters (IGLD).  Strong winds are expected to cause wave heights to reach up to 1.7 meters in the Port Colborne area and up to 2.5 meters in the Long Point area. The forecasted lake surge and wave heights are similar in magnitude to what occurred during this past Sunday’s event.

Lake levels are expected to begin to rise early Thursday afternoon, and peak between 8:00 PM and midnight late Thursday evening. If this surge level is reached, flooding can be expected in low lying areas along the Lake Erie shoreline.

“In addition to the flooding, high winds will likely pose a hazard during this event, especially when they peak Thursday evening,” said Jason Gallagher, Fire Chief / Manager of Emergency Medical Services. “High winds can easily toss objects that become projectiles; it’s best to stay indoors if at all possible,” Gallagher added.

Haldimand County Emergency Services will be closely monitoring conditions and roads along the lakeshore and will implement closures as necessary. Access to the Port Maitland Pier will be closed tomorrow afternoon and the public is urged to stay away from this area due to expected high winds and waves.

Parents are reminded to keep children and pets away from all waterways. Residents are also advised to contact their insurance company regarding flood insurance if they do not already have it.

This Flood Watch is in effect until noon on Friday, November 1, 2019.

Enbridge Gas Inc. helps Haldimand County Fire Department Reduce Fire and Carbon Monoxide Deaths through Project Zero

Today, Enbridge Gas Inc. and Haldimand County Fire Department announced they are working to improve home safety and bring fire and carbon monoxide-related deaths down to zero.

Haldimand County Fire Department received 156 combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms through Project Zero, – a public education campaign that will provide more than 9,100 alarms to residents in 40 municipalities across Ontario.

This year, Enbridge Gas Inc. invested $275,000 in Project Zero, and over the past 11 years, the program has provided more than 44,356 alarms to Ontario fire departments.

When properly installed and maintained, combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms help provide the early warning to safely escape from a house fire or carbon monoxide exposure. Carbon monoxide is a toxic, odourless gas that is a by-product of incomplete combustion of many types of common fuels.

“Carbon monoxide is known as the ‘silent killer’ for a reason, and we have proof that prevention saves lives. We know that the best way to avoid carbon monoxide exposure is to eliminate it at the source by properly maintaining fuel-burning equipment, and that the alarms are a critical second line of defense to protect against carbon monoxide poisoning,” says Murray Costello, Director, Southwest Region Operations, Enbridge Gas Inc.

“The objective of Project Zero is to deliver combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to Ontario communities who need them the most,” said Jon Pegg, Ontario Fire Marshal and Chief, Emergency Management. “It’s a program that municipal fire departments can adopt to help educate their communities about the requirement for all Ontario homes to have a CO alarm if they have a fuel burning appliance or an attached garage.”

“We are extremely grateful for Enbridge Gas Inc.’s support in promoting the dangers of carbon monoxide and donating 156 alarms. Every year when we conduct our door-to-door smoke detector & CO alarm inspection campaign, we encounter residents who cannot replace these critical items due to economic or mobility reasons. Enbridge’s support will enable us to expand our public education/assistance program and offer more alarms to those in need – at no cost,” says Jason Gallagher, Haldimand County Fire Chief & Manager of Emergency Services.

From left to right:

Richard Geerdink, Fire Prevention Officer – Haldimand County
Rodger Hill, Deputy Fire Chief – Haldimand County
Jason Gallagher, Fire Chief / Manager of Emergency Medical Services – Haldimand County
Nick Klip, Operations Manager – Enbridge Gas Inc.
James Schofield, Manager of Stations Measurement Corrosion – Enbridge Gas Inc., Southeast Region Operations
John Metcalfe, Ward 2 Councillor – Haldimand County

Haldimand County Museum & Archives Announces New Commemorative Exhibit & November Program Schedule

Haldimand County Museum & Archives is hosting a number of programs this November, including two talks on WWI/WWII, a wartime records genealogy workshop and a session about obscure County by-laws from the past. All programs will be held at the new Cayuga Library & Heritage Centre; registration may be completed online or in-person at any County office.

Historically Speaking: WWI & WWII, A Defining Moment in History – November 6 (1-3pm)
This informative talk is dedicated to the men and women from Haldimand who served Canada during WWI & WWII. Attendees will learn about the renowned 114th Haldimand Battalion C.E.F, the formation of the Dufferin and Haldimand Rifles of Canada and the significant role Haldimand played in both world wars. A new exhibit – WWII: Defining Canada – will also be debuted at this event. Pre-registration is required for this program; the cost is $10/person. Code: 8378.

Adult Workshop: Searching the War Records – November 16 (1 to 3pm)
Military records can often provide valuable information on the veteran, as well as on all members of the family. This workshop teaches participants how to access Canadian Expeditionary Force service files online, identify an individual’s military unit and consult various other digitized and archival resources. Pre-registration is required for this program; the cost is $10/person. Code: 10388. Light refreshments will be served.

Heritage Series: War and Remembrance – November 19 (6:30 to 8pm)
This talk will highlight the history of the military in Haldimand County & explore the roles of men and women in combat and on the home front during the War of 1812, the Boer War, Fenian raids, WWI and WII. Pre-registration is required for this program; the cost is $5/person. Code: 10234. Light refreshments will be served.

Heritage Series: Obscure & Strange Historic Bylaws – November 20 (1 to 3pm)
This talk will highlight some of the interesting and humorous bylaws that were passed in Haldimand County beginning in the 1850’s. E.G: Did you know that it was illegal for your cows to run free on the main street in Dunnville? Pre-registration is required for this program; the cost is $5/person. Code: 8379. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information on these programs or other Museum offerings, contact the museum at museum.archives@haldimandcounty.on.ca or 905-772-5880. A comprehensive schedule of all Museum programs is available in the County’s Community Guide.

Grand River Conservation Authority Issues Flood Warning For Port Maitland & Areas Downstream Of The Dunnville Dam

On Saturday, October 27 the Grand River Conservation Authority issued a Flood Warning for areas along the Grand River downstream of Dunnville Dam, in the village of Port Maitland and along the lakeshore.

Environment Canada has issued high wind warnings for the Lake Erie shoreline, warning of damaging south west winds, gusting up to 90 km/h. A low pressure system moving across southern Ontario is expected to bring high winds late Sunday morning and through the afternoon, ending by this evening. Strong winds that may cause damage are expected.

While uncertainty remains in the height of the Lake Erie surge, forecasts indicate a risk for flooding along the Lake Erie shoreline and Grand River downstream of Dunnville Dam. Waves of up to 1.5 m are forecast to accompany this surge event.

Haldimand County Emergency Services staff and the OPP will be closely monitoring conditions and roads along the lakeshore on Sunday to implement closures as necessary. Haldimand County Emergency Services has closed off access to the Port Maitland pier. Fire Chief Jason Gallagher is urging the public to stay away from the pier due to high winds and wave action.

Members of the public are urged to stay away from Lake Erie shoreline areas experiencing strong wave action and elevated water levels. Residents should contact their insurance company regarding flood insurance if they do not already have it. Parents are reminded to keep children and pets away from these areas.

The Flood Warning will remain in effect until 8pm on Sunday, October 28, 2019. Updated flood messages will be issued as conditions develop and better forecast information becomes available. Residents are encouraged to monitor the Grand River Conservation Authority & Haldimand County websites and social media accounts for the most up-to-date flood and weather warning information.

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