Niagara Region Joins Fort Erie, Port Colborne, Wainfleet in Declaring State of Emergency

“After speaking with the mayors in Niagara’s southern communities, and in consultation with our emergency operations team, I have declared a state of emergency for the Region.”          – Niagara Regional Chair Jim Bradley

A News Release from Niagara’s RegionalGovernment in Niagara, Ontario

On Saturday, Dec. 24, 2022, Niagara Region declared a State of Emergency.

Due to the continuing dangerous weather conditions in the southern end of the region, Niagara Region has declared a State of Emergency.

 

Many municipalities in Niagara continue to have blizzard-like conditions including blowing snow, white out conditions, and at times zero visibility. These conditions, combined with wide-spread power outages have created treacherous conditions in many parts of the Region.

Niagara Region is working closely with all local municipalities to assist with snow clearing operations in order to assist with getting much needed supplies and services to the southern end of Niagara.

We are appealing to everyone to stay home and stay off roadways tonight (Saturday night) and tomorrow (Sunday).

Residents and visitors should avoid all travel to the southern areas of the Region specifically the municipalities of Fort Erie, Wainfleet and Port Colborne.

Quotes

“After speaking with the mayors in Niagara’s southern communities, and in consultation with our emergency operations team, I have declared a state of emergency for the Region. I know that staff from our 12 municipalities and the Region are cooperating to address the numerous challenges related to this severe weather event. I implore residents to stay home and be patient as municipal crews work around the clock to keep Niagara safe.”
~ Regional Chair, Jim Bradley

Winter Storm Update: Fort Erie

STATE OF EMERGENCY | At 8:30am on Saturday, December 24, 2022 the Town of Fort Erie has declared a State of Emergency in the municipality.

There have been significant power outages across Fort Erie. In some cases, emergency first responders like police fire, and EMS are physically unable to respond to calls.

Hazards on the roadways include downed trees and powerlines, drifting snow, flooding and abandoned vehicles. If you are at home without power, please do what you can to conserve heat, help friends, family and neighbours where it is safe to do so. Please be careful when using alternate heating sources ensuring that you have a working CO2 detector as death can occur.

Mayor Steele and the City of Port Colborne have declared a State of Emergency in the municipality.

There have been significant power outages across Port Colborne. In some cases, emergency first responders like police fire, and EMS are physically unable to respond to calls. Hazards on the roadways include downed trees and powerlines, drifting snow, flooding and abandoned vehicles. If you are at home without power, please do what you can to conserve heat, help friends, family and neighbours where it is safe to do so.

We are working to provide Warming Centres as soon as it is safe to do so (based on visibility and travel). We will provide updates regarding when it is safe to travel and how to access Warming Centres.

Please visit our website www.portcolborne.ca and social media channels for ongoing weather updates and closure information.

#ONStorm – Niagara Region updates: https://bit.ly/3WA1SQY

Please stay home#PortColborne!

EMERGENCY WEATHER ADVISORY – Township of Wainfleet

With weather conditions declining rapidly, the Township is encouraging all residents to stay home and refrain from all travel except for essential or emergency travel.

The situation on the lakeshore and in low-lying areas can change in minutes and black ice, localized flooding and near-zero visibility is making travel extremely dangerous.

Please stay home, stay warm and stay safe.

To Read a Related CBC News story,click  on – https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/fort-erie-emergency-storm-1.6697308 

To watch a CHCH Hamilton news broadcast on storm conditions in Niagara, click on the screen immediately below –

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