Plows focus on clearing main roads as City of Orillia declares Significant Weather Event

Orillia has taken a double wallop from a winter storm and snow squalls

UPDATE: Plows have resumed operations in the City of Orillia but are focusing on address main roads.

In a tweet, the city said road conditions remain hazardous and members of the public are asked to avoid travel at this time.

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The City of Orillia is declaring a Significant Weather Event to alert the community that the current extreme weather conditions could pose a danger to users of City roads, sidewalks and bike lanes.

Due to the accumulation of snow and poor visibility and for the health and safety of crew members, Orillia plows and sidewalk machines have been removed from the roads and sidewalks at this time. Staff will continue to monitor conditions and resume snow-clearing procedures once it is safe to do so.

Members of the public are asked to avoid travel at this time as roads are currently impassible in some areas.

An update will be provided on the City’s website at orillia.ca and on the City’s social media channels once crews resume operations.

Municipalities can declare a Significant Weather Event under the Municipal Act, 2001, O. Reg. 239/02, relating to the maintenance of municipal roads, sidewalks and bike lanes. All roadways in the municipality are deemed to be in a state of repair with respect to snow accumulation.

The City will provide updates at orillia.ca and on the City’s social media channels once the Significant Weather Event has ended.

banner image: L. Wright, Barrie 360

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