Chatham-Kent declares Significant Weather Event
In response to the ongoing winter storm, the Municipality of Chatham-Kent has declared a Significant Weather Event. The statement reads:
"Today’s winter storm is forecast to continue producing snow mixed with high winds. Snow squalls are making driving conditions extremely dangerous. The municipality has deployed all resources to clear the roads since early this morning. Due to regulatory requirements outlining limits for hours of work, there will be a period of time overnight and into the morning that roads could be difficult to drive on.
“Drifting snow can cause recently cleared roads to become challenging to navigate. Please plan to stay at home wherever possible, or if you must travel, please allow extra time and drive with extra caution,” said Ryan Brown, Director of Public Works.
A significant weather event is declared under O. Reg. 239/02: Minimum Maintenance Standards for Municipal Highways when a municipality is unable to meet its level of service due to safety regulations governing hours of work. Roads staff began working early this morning and need to rest. All available contracted resources are deployed to keep arterial (main roads) cleared overnight. Full resources will be redeployed at 1 am on December 2, 2020.
With the severe weather, we ask you to please make way for snowplows. If you see salters or plows working, please give them space. Do not follow too closely or try to pass.
For Customer Service inquires, please dial 3-1-1."