3-Year-Old Missing After After Van Swept Into Grand River

At 10 a.m. Thursday the stage was 20.3 feet.

The Portage River near Woodville and Pemberville, meanwhile, was expected to fall back into its banks late Thursday after several days of minor flooding.

The city declared a state of emergency Wednesday morning due to what Mayor Chris Friel called a "shocking" level of flooding from the river.

While the GRCA is able to capture a lot of excess water in its storage reservoirs, officials will have to determine what to do with it once the flood threat subsides, Linwood said. City officials said anyone living in the possible flood areas should temporarily leave their home by midday Thursday.

"This community has really rallied around this tragedy, and it speaks well to a very tight-knit, loving community", Nancekivell said. For Miller, the water doesn't even need to make it to her house.

The rescue was "very hard", he said, adding firefighters were dealing with darkness, fog and cold, fast moving waters with large ice chunks.

Low-lying roads near the river flood, with much of Anderson Township near the river affected.

Centre Wellington Fire & Rescue is asking everyone to stay away from fast moving water and to not attempt crossing water that has passed over a roadway. Rain is more likely Saturday, with a 50 percent chance overall and a 90 percent chance Saturday night.

The priority for the OPP is to gain access to the submerged vehicle, which is lodged in the river's silt, or to at least move it on to the banks, Musselman reported.

Police say a three-year-old boy is missing in the Grand River west of Orangeville after fast-moving waters "swept" him away from his mother's grip after their minivan entered the river early on Wednesday morning.

"We were unable to locate anything there", he said. "When I seen it, I said, 'My God'".

Indeed, the undulating river had risen to about one metre from the bottom of the Station St. bridge.

Family members said Hanson hadn't seen the road-closure sign due to dark and foggy conditions. "It's gone over in a few spots but not too bad". On Wednesday, the water was about three to four metres deep.

About 40 people who were evacuated from their homes on Wednesday spent the night at the Woodman Park Community Centre.

The weather service expected the Ohio River to crest at 49.2 feet with the new precipitation throughout the weekend, but no information about the Guyandotte River was available.

Ward and his girlfriend, Bev Haydon, live on Jubilee Avenue - which is right next to the surging flow of the river, and firmly inside the evacuation zone.

"The damage, once everything's settled, that's going to be scary". W.Va. 2 was closed in both directions for several hours while contractors cleared the debris.

  • Leroy Wright