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Mayor declares emergency due to blizzard conditions

December 23, 2022

Mayor Steve Ferguson has declared an emergency due to blizzard conditions throughout Prince Edward County.

“After careful consideration, I have made the decision to declare an emergency out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of staff and the public,” Mayor Ferguson says. “I strongly encourage everyone to stay at home and shelter in place this evening.”

The Ontario Provincial Police has closed all roads in Prince Edward County.

The municipality has temporarily halted snowplowing due to low visibility. The conditions caused a plow to enter the ditch on County Road 1 earlier this evening. The operator was not injured.

Staff remain on call and will plow to support emergency calls (fire and ambulance). As soon as conditions improve, the municipality will resume snow plowing operations and emergency declaration will be terminated.

Environment Canada is calling for blizzard conditions to continue throughout the evening and overnight. Local snow amount forecasted is 10 to 15 cm. Wind southwest 70 km/h gusting to 120 km/h. The temperature will be steady near minus 7 C but a wind chill near minus 19.

Follow the County on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

Last updated at 8:32 pm on Friday, December 23

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