Horton Township: One Community's Flood Story

Horton township has released new data giving us a sense of the toll flooding has taken on that township alone. 

As of Friday morning, they’ve used about 185,000 sand bags this year; more than quadruple what were used in 2017. 

62 homes or cottages in Horton are currently only accessible by boat or by using hip waders. 

108 people are currently living in 46 homes protected by sandbag walls.

16 homes have now been voluntarily evacuated.

8 full-time homes have been severely damaged, and 57 cottages have been severely damaged. 

Horton mayor Dave Bennett says it’s truly been a difficult time and so many people have helped them through it.

"Everybody is stepping up to the plate as quickly as they possibly can to provide the help that people need, all along the Ottawa River", Horton Mayor Dave Bennett told Star 96.7.

"We just hopefully have enough bodies to cover it, all the way, until this peaks and is really behind us", Mayor Bennett added.

Hard Work To Save Homes

Horton's Emergency Management Chief Steve Osipenko says the relentless efforts of the military, MNRF firefighters and countless residents and volunteers has likely saved 46 full time homes and prevented 108 people from having to leave their homes.

He cautions that all of the numbers could vary slightly, depending on whether people chose to register their voluntary evacuations with the Red Cross or township officials.

Mayor Bennett says despite the devastation, everyone, even flood victims, have been patient and understanding of the time it’s taking to get through this.

"We know that there's frustration, when you see your home going under water", Bennett said.

"But when they pick up the phone to call us, they're saving, 'I need help, but I know someone else is also calling asking for help two seconds before me'".