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City Urges Residents To Prepare For Winter Storm

Web posted on December 21, 2013

Guelph, ON, December 20, 2013 Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Guelph and the surrounding area as several storm systems move toward the region. The severe winter weather is expected to last through the weekend.

An ice storm is expected for much of Southern Ontario, including a mix of freezing rain, flurries and ice pellets.

Residents are urged to remove parked cars from the streets and avoid driving. If people do need to travel they should drive according to road conditions, and pack an emergency car kit.

The Grand River Conservation Authority is also asking residents to be cautious around waterways and ponds as Guelph is expected to receive 40-60 mm of precipitation, and temperatures will hover around freezing.

There is a risk for power outages and Guelph Hydro urges people to stay clear of downed power lines. Residents should check to see that their 72 hour emergency kit is ready.

"Right now we're making sure all vehicles equipment and staff are ready to respond as quickly as possible," said Rodney Keller, general manager of Public Works. "Crews will be very busy for the next few days, so we're asking for people's patience, and even their assistance to ensure community safety. If they're able, we hope residents will move cars off the street, and help clear icy sidewalks and storm drains in residential areas so we can keep the city running as smoothly as possible."

The City is committed to keeping roads safe and clear of snow and ice with an effective winter maintenance service. These services include snow clearing and spreading salt, brine or sand.