Third day of road closures
in Kincardine area
By Liz Dadson
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A bit of sun tries to peek through the storm clouds over Kincardine, Monday morning
A painfully-familiar site this winter as Highway 21 is closed once more, looking north of Kincardine Home Hardware, Monday morning
Blowing and drifting snow on Highway 21 beside Kincardine Home Hardware
Blowing snow along the ramp from Highway 21 into Kincardine at Sutton Street, Monday morning
Snow drifts onto Highway 21 at the curve, just past Sutton Street, Kincardine
A picturesque snow bank that formed on the front deck of the Copeland home in Point Clark last week
photo by Nancy Copeland
The Blizzard of 2014 took another round out of the Kincardine area as major roads were closed for a third day.
After all roads in Bruce and Huron counties were closed Friday and Saturday, there was a brief reprieve Sunday as almost all of the roads were opened by mid-morning.
However, by early Monday morning, high wind caused blowing and drifting snow, cancelling school buses and closing roads and some schools in the area.
As of 7 p.m., Monday, Highway 21 remains closed, from Southampton to Amberley; Bruce County Road 86 is closed, from Amberley to Wingham; Bruce County Road 23 (B-line) is closed, from Kincardine to Bruce County Road 20; and Bruce County Road 13 is closed, from Highway 21 to Sauble Beach; all due to snow squalls and poor to nil visibility.
All motorists are encouraged to check weather and road conditions by calling 511 or on-line at www.Ontario.ca/trip for up-to-date road conditions for provincially-maintained highways. This bilingual service is available 24 hours a day and provides updates on highway closures and road conditions.
The penalty for driving on a closed highway is a $110 fine and three demerit points, but the consequences can be far worse if you become involved in a collision, or stranded in a white-out.
The South Bruce OPP reports that Bruce County plows are still working, but having trouble keeping up due to extremely poor visibility.
Do not call police for road/weather conditions; this is not a service the OPP provides.
For up-to-date road/weather information, click here. Or call Bruce County Roads at 1-866-266-7569, option “2”.
Not only was there disruption on the roadways and at schools, but the municipal offices in Kincardine and Huron-Kinloss were closed for the day.
Also, garbage pick-up for the Monday collection areas in Kincardine and
Huron-Kinloss was cancelled. The next collection for
these areas will take place on the next regularly-scheduled day.
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Monday, January 27, 2014