Kincardine area cut off by road closures as snowstorm hits
By Liz Dadson
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The B-line (Bruce County Road 23) from Kincardine to Bruce Road 15 was closed Thursday morning and was still closed at 9 p.m. due to blowing snow and zero visibility
Blowing and drifting snow in downtown Kincardine, Thursday morning
For the third time this year, the Kincardine area was cut off by road closures, as high wind and blowing snow caused zero visibility on highways and county roads.
The snowstorm hit around 6:45 a.m. and within 15 minutes, the South Bruce OPP had closed Highway 21 from Southampton to Amberley, as well as a number of Bruce County roads in the area of Kincardine, Paisley, Southampton and Port Elgin, including Bruce County Road 23 (B-line) from Kincardine to Bruce Road 15.
By 8 a.m., Highway 9 from Kincardine to Walkerton was also closed. It was opened briefly later in the morning, but closed again in the afternoon.
Also by 8 a.m., Highway 21 was closed from Jackson (west of Owen Sound) to Bayfield. By 2 p.m., all Bruce County roads were declared closed, except for Bruce Road 4 between Walkerton and Hanover.
At 8:25 a.m., Huron County OPP had closed all provincial highways, county roadways and township roads within Huron County.
As of 9 p.m., all Bruce County roads south of Highway 21, between Southampton and Allenford, remained closed, except for Bruce Road 33 and Bruce Road 4 between Walkerton and Hanover.
Highway 21 from Kincardine to Southampton, and Highway 9 from Kincardine to Walkerton, remain closed.
Most Huron County roads have been re-opened.
Motorists are reminded not to drive on closed roads. Driving on a closed roadway can result in a $110 fine and three demerit points, if convicted.
Do not call police for road/weather conditions; this is not a service that the OPP provides. For up-to-date road/weather information click here or call Bruce County Roads at 1-866-266-7569, option “2”.
Thursday's snowstorm saw school buses cancelled and schools closed in the Kincardine area.
High wind blows snow along Lambton Street, Kincardine, looking west of Queen Street, Thursday morning
Other services were also affected.
The Kincardine and Huron-Kinloss waste collection was cancelled, with pick-up slated for Friday, Feb. 28.
The Kincardine and Huron-Kinloss municipal offices and landfill sites were closed.
And the Kincardine Theatre Guild's performance of "Self-Help" was cancelled. Patrons with tickets can exchange them for another night.
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Thursday, February 27, 2014