As the spring flood levels slowly start to return to normal, the Municipality of Sioux Lookout is preparing for major clean-up efforts.
Water levels hit historic highs all across the region this year, many residents will have lots of debris and sandbags to clean up. To help alleviate some of the stress, the Municipality of Sioux Lookout will be assisting where they can.
Municipal Clerk, Brian P. MacKinnon, says, “there is a lot of work to be done around Sioux Lookout. A number of Municipal properties have been covered in debris, much like our waterfront businesses and residents.”
“We are taking several steps to work with the community to minimize the costs of cleaning up the debris.”
Sioux Lookout has waved the tipping fees for residents disposing of flood-related waste. Residents and businesses wishing to have their fees waved will first have to register with Public Works via THIS WEBSITE, by calling Public Works at 737-1234, or by emailing email@example.com with your name, address, phone number and email address.
As water levels continue to return to normal, tens of thousands of sandbags will need to be dealt with. Anyone wishing to have their sandbags picked up by the Municipality will need to register with Public Works. Pallets of sandbags need to be stacked neatly near the edge of the road or driveway, where they are easily accessible by forklift.
The flooding has caused a tremendous amount of debris to be scattered throughout the region, staff will be working on cleaning Municipal properties such as parks, trails, boat launches, and other areas.
The Municipality is asking anyone who finds any washed-up railway ties to bring them to the designated storage location at the landfill for no cost as they CAN’T be mixed in with other waste for disposal.
Aside from clean-up efforts, the Municipality is also reminding residents that there are a number of health concerns in areas where flood waters have entered properties including contamination of wells and drinking water from lakes, septic field and tank issues or failures, mould growth in or under buildings, and structural and electrical issues that pose a risk when re-entering flooded buildings.
You can read more information about potential health hazards HERE.
“This is just the beginning of a long clean-up process. Lake levels are still far above normal levels, and it may still be many weeks before the extent of all the damage can truly be assessed. But we are getting started, and are eager to assist the community.”
Remember to wear appropriate safety apparel when cleaning your property, such as gloves for picking up debris and face masks if entering damp environments where mould growth may be a concern.
The costs of flood mitigation for the Municipality of Sioux Lookout this spring have already surpassed the $200,000 mark, and will continue to rise as clean-up efforts begin and options for permanent infrastructure changes, such as raising road surfaces, are planned and implemented.