When the Levee Breaks – 2018

When the Levee Breaks – 2018

On February 21, 2018, a massive ice jam formed along the Grand River, due to the severity of the flooding caused by the ice blocking the river’s flow the City of Brantford declared a state of emergency.  There were over 2200 homes affected, some of which ended up with flooded basements and others where the main floor was flooded.  The dyke in this photo was the main cause of the worst of the flooding that temporarily crippled the city.  Apparently, the rock pile you see in this photo is not normally there, it is just an open channel most of the time because according to one news report, the dyke is unfinished.  The City of Brantford during possible flood warnings would normally dam the channel using a barricade of wood planks but this time it did not happen.  The city apparently refused to take the blame for this mistake and said that they did not receive enough advanced warning of the coming weather conditions.

Brantford, Ontario, Canada.