State of emergency, again, for Wheatley

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Wheatley is back under a state of emergency after the discovery of more hydrogen sulphide.

The discovery was at the side of the June problem as well, 15 Erie St. N.

The gas was detected by monitors installed as the result of an earlier gas release that forced an evacuation of the area.

Chatham-Kent emergency personnel responded and remain on scene and provincial officials have been asked for their assistance.

A total of 52 people in 23 homes and 13 businesses in the area were evacuated Monday.

Although there is currently no detection of gas at the location, there is prominent detection of gas odour outside of the building and in surrounding areas.

While officials try to determine the source of the gas presence, the municipality is taking steps to keep the community informed and provide aid for residents and businesses.

Housing officers from Community Human Services are working with displaced residents to provide emergency accommodation where needed.

Economic Development representatives will be taking information door-to-door and meeting with business owners to set up a time for them to retrieve perishable product in a safe, timely and orderly manner. A public health inspector will accompany the economic development staff to provide advice on the safe handling of food.

Acting CAO Cathy Hoffman said in a media release, “This is a very difficult time for the residents and business owners of Wheatley. Our municipal team is here to support those affected and are working diligently to engage provincial officials to also take a leadership role.”

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