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Recovery efforts underway for 3-year-old-boy swept away into Grand River

Click to play video: 'Search for toddler missing in Grand River enters day 2' Search for toddler missing in Grand River enters day 2
WATCH ABOVE: For the second day, family, police and volunteers came out to look for three-year-old Kaden Young who went missing after flood waters swept him out of his mother's arms and into the rushing river. As Jamie Mauracher reports, there has been no sign of the toddler. (Feb. 22) – Feb 22, 2018

Search efforts continue Thursday for three-year-old Kaden Young who went missing after a vehicle was swept into the Grand River near Orangeville, Ont., amid severe flooding in the area Wednesday morning, the Ontario Provincial Police say.

Dufferin County OPP say helicopters and ground crews will search the Waldemar area for Kaden Young before heading south towards Belwood Lake.

Const. Paul Nancekivell says Young’s mother has been released from hospital and has returned home to her family.

WATCH: Couple witness minivan swept up in Orangeville Grand River before boy went missing.
Click to play video: 'Couple witness minivan swept up in Orangeville Grand River before boy went missing' Couple witness minivan swept up in Orangeville Grand River before boy went missing
Couple witness minivan swept up in Orangeville Grand River before boy went missing – Feb 22, 2018

Emergency crews originally responded to the single-vehicle crash site near County Road 109 close to the village of Waledmar around 1 a.m. Wednesday, where they found a minivan had driven through a flooded roadway.

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Water rescue teams from the Centre Wellington Fire department’s Fergus and Elora detachments were called to assist.

Nancekivell, spokesman for OPP’s Dufferin detachment, told Global News that the van was driving southbound down 10th Line and failed to stop at the road closure that had been in place. Nancekivell said the woman drove into heavy water and when she tried to back up, the van was swept into the Grand River.

Nancekivell said the woman was able to pull the young boy from the car after it went into the river, but she lost her grip and the boy was swept downstream.

The woman managed to get herself out and onto the side of the river but Nancekivell said the van travelled seven kilometres downriver and got stuck in silt.

Officials said they have divers, a helicopter and ground personnel searching for the boy.

Grand Valley District Fire Chief Kevin McNeilly said the search is now considered a recovery operation rather than a rescue effort.

READ MORE : Grand River watershed flooding causes several road closures

Nancekivell said the woman, who lives in the area, suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to hospital for treatment of hypothermia.

It is unclear at this time why the woman drove through the road closures.

READ MORE : Brantford, Ont., remains under state of emergency due to flooding risk

Emergency crews battled fast-moving waters and ice floes as the entire Grand River watershed was placed under a flood warning earlier this week.

County Road 109 was closed from County Road 25 to Trafalgar Road due to the investigation.

WATCH: Aerial footage shows continuing search for missing three-year-old boy

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Aerial footage shows continuing search for missing three-year-old boy – Feb 22, 2018

Days of mild temperatures and heavy rains have caused an ice jam in the Grand River to break free, causing water levels to rise.

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Nearly 100 kilometres away, the city of Brantford, Ont., declared a state of emergency and evacuated people from homes and businesses in certain neighbourhoods due to the flooding.

With files from the Canadian Press

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