State of emergency declared in C-K due to weather

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As the wind continues to howl, blowing snow hither and yon, the municipality has declared a state of emergency.

Officials said this is due to the effects of the winter storm that ripped through Chatham-Kent on Friday causing multiple motor vehicle accidents and leaving hundreds of people stranded.

Although visibility has improved, road conditions continue to be a significant challenge due to high winds, drifting snow, and abandoned vehicles on roads. 

The Chatham-Kent Police Service is strongly advising the public to stay off the roads to allow municipal plows and tow trucks the opportunity to clear vehicles that are making roads impassable. 

All municipal services declared closed Friday remain closed, including transit and facilities.

Vehicles that were abandoned will begin to be relocated when it is safe to do so. 

Officials estimate that could take hours, if not days, for this situation to be remedied.  

Police will co-ordinate with municipal staff, and those looking for information on their vehicles are asked to call 3-1-1.

Warming centres continue to be open at the Ridgetown and Tilbury arenas.

 

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