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Mayor: Harriston flooding the worst since Hurricane Hazel in 1954

Mayor: Harriston flooding the worst since Hurricane Hazel in 1954 
HARRISTON - Water levels in the Maitland River at Harriston are higher than they've been in decades. They were approaching the 100-year flood mark at 11am today, as the Town of Minto held a press conference to provide an update on local flooding. The Maitland Valley Conservation Authority is reporting between 40 and 130mm of rain fell overnight in the watershed. “They've now advised us this is close to the 100-year event. So the last time we had water up to this (level) was Hurricane Hazel in '54,” said Minto Mayor George Bridge.

Minto, Mapleton declare state of emergency, open evacuation centres

Minto, Mapleton declare state of emergency, open evacuation centres 
WELLINGTON COUNTY - In the wake of massive flooding in the region, Mapleton and Minto have declared an emergency and opened evacuation centres. Mapleton Mayor Neil Driscoll declared the emergency at 11:15am on June 23 and announced the PMD Arena in Drayton has been set up as the township’s evacuation centre. Minto Mayor George Bridge declared a state of emergency at 10:04am on June 23. The Palmerston Community Centre has been established as an evacuation centre.

Flood waters continue to rise; roads to remain closed at least until Saturday

Flood waters continue to rise; roads to remain closed at least until Saturday 
HARRISTON - Floodwaters in the area of Young Street, King Street, Mill Street and George Street in Harriston continue to rise. The headwaters of the Maitland River north of the town may soon begin to stabilize. Residents are still evacuated and road closures will remain in place through the night.

Harrison flood waters receding but boil water advisory, road closures remain in effect

Harrison flood waters receding but boil water advisory, road closures remain in effect 
HARRISTON - Flood waters here have receded and most people are returning to their homes, but a boil water advisory is still in effect and several roads remain

Storms cause widespread flooding, road closures

Storms cause widespread flooding, road closures  
WELLINGTON CTY. - Depending on the area, between 40 and 130mm of rain fell early on Friday morning, causing extensive flooding throughout the county. The storms flooded homes, closed many roads, caused at least one power outage and tasked area works crews with extensive cleanup. The hardest hit areas appeared to be Minto (notably Harriston), Mapleton (especially in Drayton), Wellington North and Centre Wellington.

Patriotic spirit in Belwood for Canada 150

Patriotic spirit in Belwood for Canada 150 
Belwood residents put on their patriotic gear to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary with a parade, street party and car show on June 17. Across Wellington County and across the nations communities are gearing up to celebrate 150 years of Confederation. Photo by Mike Robinson

Township: Mapleton water safe to drink

MAPLETON - Mapleton officials say that despite widespread flooding in the region today, township water is still safe to consume. However, rural landowners with private wells may want to disinfect their water once flood waters have receded.

New hospital to cost $127.5 million; substantial completion by late 2019

New hospital to cost $127.5 million; substantial completion by late 2019

ABOYNE - The new Groves Memorial Community Hospital will cost $127.5 million and should be completed prior to 2020.

Union Gas proposes service for Belwood

ELORA - Natural gas lines may be coming to Belwood in the next few years. On June 19, Centre Wellington councillors formally lent their support to a proposal from Union Gas to extend service to Belwood.

Pride flag will fly again at Wellington Heights

Pride flag will fly again at Wellington Heights

MOUNT FOREST - A pride flag at Wellington Heights Secondary School (WHSS) that was taken down earlier this year due to flag etiquette guidelines will fly again.

Man falls into Elora Gorge, airlifted to Toronto hospital

ELORA - A man was transported by air ambulance to a Toronto hospital with serious head injuries after falling into the Elora Gorge on Monday evening.

BUZZ

Mapleton declines monitoring proposal
Township hires director of corporate services/treasurer
Teens take on mental wellness education
Sounds of Support festival in Rockwood benefits local Syrian refugee family
Teens taken to hospital after fall over dam
Two Fergus men charged after drug bust
Motorists asked to bypass Harriston
Township: Mapleton water safe to drink
County to open three waste facilities to handle flood-damaged items

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Chris Daponte: Flag flap folly

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“The importance of flag etiquette can’t be denied here and that was the entire reason [the flag] was taken down.”

Wellington Heights Secondary School student Georgia Mills.

June 23, 2017

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Jester’s Fun Factory celebrates Canada

Flash mob - The parking lot in front of Jester’s Fun Factory in Fergus was a sea of red and white for a celebration in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday last weekend. Close to 200 people showed up on June 17.

Sports

Olympian to hold hockey camp in July

ERIN - Brianne Jenner, a member of the national women’s hockey team and 2014 gold medalist, is hosting a hockey camp in Oakville this summer.

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