Weather warnings in effect for City of Cambridge; residents reminded to keep safety top of mind

Posted on Saturday April 14, 2018

Update - 2018-04-16 - 2 p.m.

Environment Canada has lifted the rainfall warning and there are no other weather warnings in effect. However, the Grand River Conservation Authority has issued an updated flood watch message.

Parts of the watershed received up to 70mm of rainfall overnight Sunday into Monday morning. As a result of this precipitation, and the anticipated melt that will occur with warmer temperatures forecast over the next week, river flows will be elevated through the week. While significant flooding is not expected, residents in areas typically prone to flooding should take appropriate precautions.

Please continue to exercise extreme caution around all water bodies. Parents are encouraged to keep their children and pets away from all river banks and watercourses.

Update - 2018-04-16 - 6:30 a.m.

The freezing rain warning has been lifted by Environment Canada but rainfall warning remains in effect. Rainfall amounts in the 20 to 30 mm range are likely today.

Extra care should be taken during this morning's commute. Pooling water may be potentially hazardous on roads and highways due to the weekend ice storm accumulation.

Crews are out clearing and salting roads, as well as clearing catch basins (storm drains) to mitigate flooding. This will assist in more effective water flow and may prevent basement flooding.

As well, it will take many residents longer to clean the heavy ice at the end of their driveways this morning – much of it from snow clearing overnight. Unfortunately, there is no alternative to this problem as the ice on the road must be cleared to ensure it does not freeze in place and create greater safety issues with travel and vehicle damage.

Localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible. Please keep children and pets away from waterways and river banks.

Please note all City facilties are open today.

Update - 2018-04-15 - 9:40 p.m.

Due to downed trees, power lines and poles, some roads have been closed while crews work to clear the roads. See below for a list of closures:

  • Salisbury Ave between Forest and Barrie - anticipated to re-open by midnight
  • Blair Rd between Langdon Hall and George St - Re-opened 2 a.m.
  • Speedsville Rd between Royal Oak and Heroux Devtek - Re-opened 10:05 p.m.

Update – 2018-04-15 - 2:50 p.m.

With both freezing rain and heavy rain warnings still in effect, the emergency management team continues to monitor the unfolding weather situation closely.  The rain, high winds, and ice could mean power outages, downed trees, and potential flooding in localized areas.

Crews are out clearing off the tops of catch basins in an effort to mitigate flooding. Residents can help by ensuring catch basins in front of their homes are cleared off. Areas of potential concern include lower lying areas of the city, such as the city cores; local streets that are situated at the bottom of hills; and streets that are close to rivers.

As well, road crews will continue salting and plowing as needed this afternoon and overnight. At this point, Environment Canada is forecasting that the freezing rain is predicted to change to heavy rain this evening with total rainfall amounts in the 25 to 35 mm range by Monday.

With the potential of  localised flooding, keep these safety tips in mind.

  • Prepare your property
    • Know where your property is in relations to flood warning areas and move valuables to upper levels.
    • Consider buying a sump pump or generator and contact your insurer to confirm coverage.
  • If your property floods
    • Always follow instructions of emergency response officials. 
    • Prepare to evacuate if necessary and collect items like cash, medication, identification and a change of clothes.
  • Safe travel
    • Stay tuned to local media for warnings and advisories.
    • Do not attempt to drive on a road that has been closed due to flooding, obey the signs and take alternative routes.

Be prepared with the right numbers in the event of a power outage or downed tree/limbs. 

  • Power outages call Energy+ at (519) 621-3530
  • Downed power lines call Energy+ at (519) 621-3530 and 911
  • Downed tree/limbs call the City of Cambridge at (519) 621-0740

 

Update – 2018-04-15 – 7:50 a.m.

Please be advised of the following facility closures and program changes:

  • W.G. Johnson Centre will remain closed until 1pm. All swimming lessons and programs are cancelled for this morning.  All programming will resume this afternoon until close.
  • John Dolson Centre will open at 1:30 p.m. and all programming will resume until close.
  • Hespeler Memorial Arena and Galt Arena Gardens are open and will proceed with scheduled rentals
  • Cambridge Centre of the Arts will open this afternoon for scheduled private rentals only.

City crews are continuing to salt and plow city streets. As icy weather conditions continue, please use extreme caution and drive according to the weather conditions.

Update - 2018-04-14 - 6:45 p.m.

City crews will continue to salt and plow roads overnight. Our emergency management team is monitoring the ice storm and remains on high alert.

To learn more about salt routes and priority visit https://bit.ly/2i7EwyB. Please continue to use caution and adjust driving plans accordingly.

As freezing rain continues to accumulate there is potential for downed trees and tree branches. To report a downed tree call (519) 621-0740 or report it online: 

Update - 2018-04-14 - 4:19 p.m.

Please be advised of the following facility closures and program changes:

  • W.G. Johnson Centre and John Dolson Centre will close today, Sat., Apr. 14 at 6:00 p.m.
  • City 50+ centres are closed for weekend, Sat., Apr. 14 and Sun., Apr. 15
  • Cambridge Centre for the Arts closed today, Sat., Apr. 14 at 3:00 p.m.
  • Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) has closed their trails and parks, more info at https://bit.ly/2qwVYCu
  • All Idea Exchange locations are closed. For more info visit https://bit.ly/2IVN3SM
  • City arenas with rentals this evening remain open.

Update - 2018-04-14 - 12:15 p.m.

Environment Canada continues to issue a freezing rain warning for the Region of Waterloo with the potential of an ice storm over the weekend. The weather system could result in power outages, localized flooding and dangerous driving conditions. 

City of Cambridge salt trucks are salting primary roads as needed. The Cambridge Fire Department and the City’s Emergency Management Team continue to monitor the situation closely.

The City wishes to remind residents to keep safety top of mind over the weekend. With ice and raising water levels, please stay back from all watercourses, use extreme caution when walking in icy weather and stay back from ice-laden trees.  As driving conditions could become hazardous, residents are urged to adjust driving plans accordingly.  

See below for some tips on how you can prepare in the event of an ice storm:

  • Check where your car is parked. Make sure it is not under power lines or a tree which can be brought down by ice. Use your garage if you have one or park in a clear area.
  • Bring your ice clearing tools inside. Make sure the ice doesn't keep you out of your vehicle by bringing your ice scraper, jumper cables, lock de-icer, etc. inside the house before the ice starts.
  • Re-stock or put together your emergency kit. Make sure you have extra batteries, chargers, and flashlights in case of power outages.

Find more information on preparing for a potential ice storm here

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