The City of Brantford canceled the evacuation order that targeted nearly 5,000 residents. During a press briefing at 5:30 pm on Thursday, Mayor Chris Friel explained that the level of the Grand River had dropped enough and that there was no longer any risk of flooding.
The threatening jam cracked and the ice gradually dislodged. The water level has decreased by almost two meters in a short period of time.
Bridges, which had been closed, are reopened. They had been inspected earlier in the day by the Department of Transport.
However, the trails and pedestrian bridges along the river remain closed for the time being.
Schools will still be closed Friday because the decision was to be made earlier in the day. This is the case, in particular, of Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys Catholic Elementary School and Le Ballon Rouge daycare.
Residents may return home, but must remain cautious.
Union Gas plans to deploy teams around 8:00 am Friday and has set up the service during the day. The company is urging residents not to attempt to restore the natural gas supply themselves and to ensure that the appliances have not been damaged.
Brantford Power also cut power in some areas as a precautionary measure. Its employees will have to make sure that the situation is safe before making the connections if necessary.
However, homeowners whose electrical system (sockets, electrical box, etc.) may have been damaged by water must have repairs done by an electrician.