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Northern Ontario towns clean up after damaging flood

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Repairs are underway in parts of northern Ontario after flooding caused by heavy rainfall drenched several towns earlier this week.

States of emergency continue in six communities — Batchewana First Nation, Johnson Township, Laird Township, Macdonald, Meredith and Aberdeen Additional (Echo Bay) Township, Huron Shores and Plummer Additional Township.

Emergency Management Ontario said on Friday that flood waters were receding, and most roads were now passable and being repaired.

Several roads and highways in and around Sault Ste. Marie had to be closed last week as water inundated the region. At Goulais Mission Road at the 2400 block, a vehicle was swallowed into a sinkhole. The occupants managed to escape.

The Ministry of Transportation is assessing the damage and providing support to local authorities as they repair local and regional infrastructure.

Up to 100 millimetres of rain came down in the span of a few hours on Sept. 10, triggering major flooding and road washouts.

The storm is also being blamed for one death. Christopher Flood, 57, was killed Tuesday morning while riding his motorcycle near Thessalon. Police report he drove into a section of road that was washed away.