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Ontario declares a major public health emergency after severe flooding in Toronto

Ontario declares a major public health emergency after severe flooding in Toronto

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Ontario’s Public Health Ministry issued a health alert Monday for the communities of Windsor, Kitchener and Guelph, and surrounding areas affected by the deluge which occurred late Saturday, April 27th.

“In accordance with the Public Health Measures, we are asking residents with homes located within the affected areas to take action to remove anything that was left on their property after the storm. We also are asking businesses that are in the affected areas to remove anything that may have been left over after the storm,” said Public Health Minister Michael McNeil.

As of 4:30 Monday morning, all the area hospitals and public health clinics have been back activated.

“It’s the second time in three days we had a major health alert in the area and it’s a reminder to take care of ourselves and take care of our family, we need to practice good hygiene, and I urge residents of the area to stay home as much as possible,” said McNeil.

The storm, which caused severe flooding in the city of Toronto and surrounding areas, has been declared a major public health emergency, and the province has mobilized its public health emergency response team.

In order to address potential illness, McNeil emphasized that residents do not need to be out and about to be screened.

“As residents, we understand that some may decide to leave their homes,” says Public Health Minister Michael McNeil.

“However, we encourage you to stay with a family member or friend. All public health units are open.”

The ministry has set up a hotline at 1-833-867-1100 where residents can get an answer on how to prevent disease or illnesses. Residents also can call 1-888-350-0102.

Stay updated on the latest health and wellness news by clicking on the “For People” tab on Health Canada’s website.

A man uses a bicycle at a news stand which was destroyed during the flood that hit Windsor, Ont. on Monday, April 30, 2016.

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