Third day for road closures
in Kincardine area

By Liz Dadson


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Highway 21, from Port Elgin to Goderich, remains closed Wednesday, the third day in a row, after a blizzard hit the area and caused the closure of all roads in Bruce, Grey, Huron and Perth counties

Heavy snow blankets the pedestrian walkway which is under construction to connect the north and south ends of Park Street, Kincardine

It was almost like walking through a tunnel as high snowbanks build up along the sidewalks in downtown Kincardine, Wednesday afternoon

For the third day in a row, all roads into the Kincardine area were closed.

A blizzard blew in Sunday night and by Monday morning, the highways and secondary roads were closed due to blowing and drifting snow and poor visibility.

The weather worsened through Tuesday and Wednesday, finally tapering off Wednesday afternoon. However, all roads remained closed while snowplow operators worked to clear the the roadways - in some places the snow drifts were as high as six to 10 feet.

South Bruce OPP and Huron County OPP worked with the snowplow crews, as numerous abandoned vehicles also littered the roads.

By Wednesday afternoon, some area roads had been re-opened, including Highway 9 and several county roads. However, Highway 21 remains closed from Port Elgin to Goderich.

In the Kincardine area, all the schools were closed, most offices were closed, and the majority of events and activities were cancelled once more.

The Huron-Kinloss municipal office was closed, as was the Kincardine municipal administrative office. In addition, the Kincardine council meeting, slated for Wednesday night, was rescheduled to Thursday night, Jan. 9, at 5 p.m.

It's been an exciting three-day extension to the Christmas holidays, but it's expected things will return to normal Thursday.


A cleared area through the high snowbank, allows customers to enter J'Adorn in downtown Kincardine, Wednesday afternoon

Parking spots were scarce, due to the high snowbanks, in downtown Kincardine, Wednesday afternoon

Snow is piled high around the Superheat mailbox on Highway 21, south of Kincardine, Wednesday afternoon

Snowbank along the side of Highway 21, south of Kincardine

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Wednesday, January 08, 2014