The Town of Minto experienced a significant rainfall last night and into the early morning. At 10:04 am on Friday June 23, 2017, Mayor George Bridge declared a state of emergency for the Town of Minto due to flooding.
Trailer Park residents were evacuated; power and gas have been disconnected. Westario Power is in Harriston as many flooded basements have electrical concerns. Minto Fire is now evacuating residents on King Street South in Harriston.
The Maitland Valley Conservation Authority issued a flood watch at 4:58 a.m. on Friday June 23, 2017 and advises the Maitland River continues to rise and is expected to do so during the day. Significant isolated flooding occurred throughout Minto in the early morning hours.
Highway 89 in Harriston is closed from Arthur Street to O’Dwyers Road and several other streets within Harriston are flooded and the river has now breached the Young Street Bridge and flooded the immediate areas of King Street, George Street and the Trailer Park. Isolated flooding has occurred in Palmerston and Clifford and in rural areas. Some rural roads are now impassable.