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Where you affected by Last night's ice storm Hamilton?

12/22/2013 (Permalink)

A freezing rain warning for Hamilton has been ended.                            

Environment Canada issued the update at 1:17 p.m. today, but urged local residents to " be on the lookout for adverse weather conditions and take necessary safety precautions" after the overnight storm that dumped up to 15 mm of rain on the area and brought down power lines and tree branches throughout the region.

The end of the official warning leaves residents in some parts of Hamilton Mountain, Ancaster, Grimsby, Flamborough and Dundas without electricity.

When it last updated the situation early this morning, Horizon Utilities said 13,000 Hamilton customers were affected plus another 8,000 in St. Catharines.

The City of Burlington issued a news release to say icy conditions had brought down power lines and tree limbs resulting in power loss in the north part of that city, specifically in the Lowville, Kilbride and Cedar Springs areas.

The area north of Highway 5 was the hardest hit by storm damage, with many roads impassable. Power has been restored to customers in Headon Forest, the downtown area at Brant and Martha streets, on Drury Lane and in the Port Nelson and Pine Cove Street neighborhoods.

Approximately 7,500 Burlington Hydro customers have been impacted by power outages since last evening. At this time approximately 1,000 Burlington Hydro customers remain without electricity.

"City crews continue to sand and salt city roads as well as clearing downed trees and branches from roadways," said Burlington city manager Jeff Fielding. "Roads are extremely hazardous and we suggest that residents stay off the roads."

A flood warning remains in effect and residents are advised to exercise extreme caution near waterways. Please check catch basins adjacent to your property to ensure they are not blocked.

All City of Burlington facilities and services remain open except for Rotary Centennial Pond. 

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