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Significant Weather Event Declared on February 26, 2020 is Deem Ended as of Noon February 28, 2020.

The Significant Weather Event declared on February 26, 2020 is deem ended as of noon February 28, 2020.

Per Regulation 239/02 of the Municipal Act 2001, Whitewater Region is declaring a SIGNIFICANT WEATHER EVENT affecting all maintained roads under Township jurisdiction.

An Ontario municipality may declare a significant weather event when a weather hazard is approaching or occurring and has the potential to pose a significant danger to users of the roadways in which they have authority over.  This declaration suspends the standard timelines required for municipalities to meet their winter maintenance objectives until the municipality declares the significant weather event has ended.  In each case, during the course of a declared significant weather event, the standard for addressing winter maintenance is to monitor the weather and to deploy resources to address the issue starting from the time that the municipality deems it appropriate to do so.  When the municipality has declared the event has ended, the standard timelines for winter maintenance activities will begin.

Whitewater Region advises that this declaration is not notice of a reduced level of service or a road closure.  The declaration is to notify the public that due to the forecasted or current conditions, caution is to be observed when travelling on Township roads and that it may take longer than usual to bring the condition of the roads back to optimal driving conditions.

The Township would like to remind residents to keep vehicles parked in driveways and away from the road during and immediately following the winter event so as not to impede snow plowing operations.  Residents must also ensure that garbage and recycling bins are kept 5-6 feet back into driveways so that they are not struck or knocked over by the plows.  Plows will not be swerving for garbage or recycling containers left on the shoulder of the roadway.