Belleville declares state of emergency

Kingston, ON, Canada / CKWS TV

 THE MAYOR OF BELLEVILLE HAS DECLARED A STATE OF EMERGENCY IN RESPONSE TO FLOOD CONDITIONS.

THE MAYOR OF BELLEVILLE HAS DECLARED A STATE OF EMERGENCY IN RESPONSE TO FLOOD CONDITIONS.
THE MOIRA RIVER CONTINUES TO RISE IN THE COMMUNITY OF FOXBORO… AND PEOPLE ARE BEING FORCED FROM THEIR HOMES.
NEWSWATCH’S MORGANNE CAMPBELL HAS MORE ON THE EVACUATIONS AND SANDBAGGING EFFORTS.

It is a sight you normally don’t see every day.
Devon Robinson:
“Because the water level went so high so quickly we didn’t get to remove everything from the backyard.
so luckily I did have a kayak on hand so I was out there retrieving everything from dog toys to parts of the patio set to things that have just come into our yard. ”

The water from the Moira River is only inches away from Devon Robinson’s Foxboro home. You’re looking at his back yard which resembles a lake right now, his lawn furniture is completely submerged.

Devon Robinson:
“In the last 48 hours it went from zero to panic mode.
It came in really fast.”

Sandbags surround Devon Robinson’s home.
There`s about three inches of water in his basement and there isn’t much he can do other then keep an eye on it and hope the water starts to recede.
This is a common sight across the small village just outside Belleville.

Morganne Campbell:
“Just to put the flooding into perspective I’m standing on someone’s driveway right now, access to certain homes along the river, well it`s been completely cut off.
The fire department has had to go in and preform two separate water rescues to help people completely stranded in their homes.”

This woman and her daughter were rescued — their family dog was retrieved as well.
About fifteen volunteer fire fighters are on standby just incase of an emergency.
When they’re not performing rescues they’re sandbagging.

Dep. Chief Bruce Greatrix:
“We`re going around and we`re knocking on doors and letting people know that they should be preparing to either protect their homes or to evacuate their homes because the water level is still rising.`

The banks of the Moria river continue to
swell.
Ice jams just north of Tweed are causing problems for those living on the Skootamatta River.
The Quinte Conservation Authority says water levels will likely continue to rise over the next several days — residents in low lying areas are being advised to move belongings to higher ground.
Morganne Campbell CKWS Newswatch Foxboro.

 

 

 

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