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WINTER STORM UPDATE #8: County roads reopen; motorists urged to use caution

December 26, 2022

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has lifted the road closures in Prince Edward County.

“While we have seen improvement, the condition of more than 1,000 km of roads across the County varies and not all roads are passable. As well, visibility could be impacted by snow squalls,” Mayor Steve Ferguson. “I urge everyone to limit travel to essential trips, go slow, take extra time to get where you are going, and give snow-clearing operations extra space.

“I want to express my deepest gratitude to the staff who sacrificed Christmas with their families and loved ones,” Mayor Ferguson adds. “Also, thank you to all of the essential workers for their heroic efforts to keep us safe and deliver vital services over this extremely challenging period.”

Crews worked overnight to keep the main County road arteries cleared. Since early this morning, crews have been back out clearing secondary sideroads.

The municipality continues to remove abandoned vehicles that are impeding the flow of traffic. Call Fellows Towing 877.401.0401 or Shantz Towing 613.476.2517 to arrange retrieval of your vehicle. If your vehicle is in the ditch, you are responsible for arranging a tow service to remove it.

The County is encouraging all residents to contact their insurance companies if they have incurred costs or damages related to the winter storm. The municipality is investigating the possibility of disaster-relief funding from other levels of government. Updates will be provided as they become available.

Hydro One has restored power to many parts of the County. Visit the Hydro One outage map for updates and to report a power outage.

A snow squall watch is in effect for Prince Edward County on December 26. Snow squalls are expected to develop early this morning. Total snowfall amounts along the Lake Ontario shoreline near 20 cm are possible along with blowing snow due to southwesterly winds gusting near 50 km/h. Snow squall activity is expected to move south of the area overnight.

Snow squalls cause weather conditions to vary considerably; changes from clear skies to heavy snow within just a few kilometres are common. Travel may be hazardous due to sudden changes in the weather. Environment Canada recommends considering postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve.

Dial 911 in an emergency when you need immediate help from police, fire or ambulance services. An emergency situation can include medical emergencies such as someone experiencing chest pain or difficulty breathing or a fire that is not contained or controlled. If you are stranded along the roadside, call the OPP’s non-emergency phone line at 1.888.310.1122. Ensure the exhaust is clear of snow to avoid these fumes from entering the vehicle.

The emergency declaration remains in effect at this time. The County is working to determine the impact on roadside garbage and recycling collection. The Emergency Control Group will meet at 3 pm on Monday, December 26 to assess the situation. To get updates from the County, sign up to receive email notices and follow the County on Facebook and Twitter.

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