State of snow-mergency ends in Chatham-Kent

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The state of emergency declared by Mayor Darrin Canniff on Dec. 24 in response to the two-day winter storm Dec. 23 and 24 is now over.

The municipality ended the declaration as of 2 p.m. Dec. 26.

 Local public works, fire, police, EMS, and other municipal workers have been praised for their efforts in responding to extraordinary situations by clearing roads, providing medical aid, establishing emergency shelters, and coordinating rescues of stranded motorists and others.

Mayor Canniff also praised members of local service groups, schools, churches, and individuals who stepped up to provide food and accommodations to stranded holiday travelers.

Most rural roads and major arterial routes in the community have been cleared, although secondary residential streets in urban areas could take 24 to 48 hours to clear.

The municipal parking ban is still in effect until 2 p.m. Tuesday.

“We are asking motorists to make every effort to move their vehicles off the streets so that the plows can clear the roads more effectively,” said Ryan Brown, Director of Public Works, in a media release. “We recognize that this is an inconvenience, but there are no other options. Emergency vehicles, citizens, and local businesses all depend on these streets being cleared as quickly as possible. The order will be rescinded as soon as road conditions warrant it to limit the inconvenience to residents.”

Public works snow plows are working throughout the municipality today.


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