Town of Oakville warns residents to prepare for severe weather

Monday, October 29, 2012 – for immediate release

Town of Oakville warns residents to prepare for severe weather

With the remnants of Hurricane Sandy set to hit the area tonight, the town is monitoring the situation closely and preparing extra crews to respond after hours as required. Residents are also encouraged to prepare for severe weather conditions including rain and severe winds.

Environment Canada has issued a wind warning for southern Ontario with winds of 60 km/h — gusting up to 100 km/h — expected to begin this evening with potential risks of localized flooding and power outages. Residents are advised to secure any loose items outside the home, and check catch basin grates on the roadway near your home to ensure they are not blocked with leaves and debris to prevent or minimize flooding.

Residents are also encouraged to have 72 hours’ worth of food, water and other essential supplies. Halton Region offers helpful tips and resources to prepare for an emergency on the Halton Region Emergency Preparedness website.

Conservation Halton warns that stream banks are already slippery and dangerous, and is reminding residents to stay away from lakes, rivers, creeks and other low-lying areas where flash-flooding is possible.

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To report an after-hours emergency such as fallen trees or blocked catch basins/flooding, residents should call 905-845-6606. In the case of fallen trees, top priority is given to calls concerning downed power lines and trees blocking primary roads. If required, town crews will be working throughout the night to ensure access for emergency service providers. It should be noted that fallen /damaged trees from private property are typically addressed as a homeowner matter, and are not responded to by the town unless they impact public lands or roadways.

Residents are reminded to call 9-1-1 for any life-threatening or public safety emergencies.

Media contact

Andy Glynn
Deputy Fire Chief and Community Emergency Management Coordinator
Oakville Fire department

Gisèle Shaw
Manager, Corporate Communications
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3166

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Town of Oakville warns residents to prepare for severe weather