Gravenhurst Declares Significant Weather Event – Dec, 25, 2022

Effective immediately, the Town of Gravenhurst is declaring a Significant Weather Event (SWE) due to the excessive snowfall and an unfavourable mix of winter weather conditions.

Environment Canada’s  special weather statement for our area states in part that an organized lake effect snow band continues to affect our region. This snow band is expected to move southwards as of this afternoon.

Declaring a Significant Weather Event as it relates to Ontario’s Minimum Maintenance Standards for Municipal Highways means an approaching or occurring weather hazard has the potential to pose a significant danger to drivers and pedestrians. This declaration suspends the standard timelines required for municipalities to meet their maintenance objectives. Municipal roads and sidewalks are considered to be in a state of repair until the event has ended.

During the expected period of severe weather, efforts will focus on main roads to ensure critical emergency services can continue to supply essential services. While it may take longer to address secondary routes and residential roads, the Town is dedicated to providing the best possible snow clearing service for residents.

Drivers should expect icy road conditions and reduced visibility due to blowing snow. Storm conditions can also bring down powerlines. Residents are asked to avoid non-essential travel until conditions improve and drive with extra caution if travel is necessary.

An update will be communicated at and on the Town’s social media channels once the declaration has been lifted.


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