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Haldimand County Emergency Services Asks Residents To Avoid Non-Essential Travel Along The Lakeshore

The Winter Storm and Flood Warnings remain in effect for the Lake Erie shoreline. High winds and strong wave action is causing flooding in lakeshore areas, and Haldimand County Emergency Services is advising residents to avoid non-essential travel along the lakeshore and shelter in place if in an affected area.

Haldimand County Emergency Services is actively monitoring conditions and roads along the lakeshore and implementing closures as necessary. Roads crews are also out actively salting and plowing, as well as monitoring key areas. Crews will continue to work 24/7 through the duration of this significant weather event.

Ice accretion is a significant concern with the high winds, waves and cold temperatures. Residents along the lake should have their 72 hour emergency kits close by.

Road conditions are deteriorating quickly, which will cause obvious delays for emergency services. Residents who attempt travel should only do so for absolutely essential purposes.

Current road closures include:

  • Port Maitland Rd. and the Esplanade (as well as the Pier)
  • Northshore Dr. in Lowbanks

 Key storm contacts:

  • If you are facing an emergency, dial 9-1-1. 9‑1‑1 is for police, fire or medical emergencies when immediate action is required. Dial 9-1-1 only if you feel your safety is at risk.
  • To report a public roadway obstruction (e.g: downed tree, water over the road or debris blocking a roadway) call 1-888-849-7345.
  • To report a sewer, water, park or public facility emergency call 1-888-849-7345.
  • If you see a downed power line caused by a storm or accident, maintain a distance of 10 metres or more and report it to both 911 and Hydro One at 1-800-434-1235.
  • If you are experiencing a power outage, call Hydro One’s 24/7 province-wide outage hotline at 1-800-434-1235. You can view Hydro One’s live outage map which includes restoration time information.

Residents should pay close attention to changing weather conditions and watch for updated flood messages. A flood guide for lakeshore property owners and other emergency preparedness resources can be found at

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