HAMILTON, ON - October 29, 2012 - With the remnants of Hurricane Sandy expected to sweep through southern Ontario starting this evening, City crews are preparing to deal with any emergencies.
Environment Canada is reporting that rainfall amounts of 20 to 40 millimetres are possible with locally higher amounts in excess of 50 millimetres. Rainfall amounts could vary greatly with location depending on the movement of some of the smaller, heavier rainbands with this system.
Over Southern Ontario, gusts to 90 km/hr or higher are likely especially along Western Lake Ontario and the Niagara Escarpment. These wind gusts have the potential to cause broken tree limbs or in some cases uprooted trees which may result in downed utility lines.
Waste collection will continue as usual this week. Residents are encouraged to set waste items out the morning of their collection day rather than the night before to minimize the potential for blowing debris. Please take extra care to secure your waste items at the curb. Residents may choose to hold waste materials until next week’s collection day. The one-bag limit will be waived next week.
All City of Hamilton sports fields and diamonds have been closed due to impending weather conditions and the damage that may be caused by heavy rains. Conditions will be reviewed on Wednesday October 31, 2012 to identify a re-opening time frame.
The City of Hamilton offers the following reminders for residents:
In the event of high winds, take extra precautions. To avoid flying and falling objects please remain inside and away from windows.
Please stay away from downed power lines, secure outdoor items like patio furniture and avoid any roads covered over in water.
If you rely on power for various medical devices (i.e. dialysis) or require a supply of medications or like support (i.e. home oxygen) please ensure you have an adequate supply for a few days and that any devices that have batteries are fully charged. Any questions, please contact your service provider.
If you see larger debris on the roadway please call 905-546-CITY (2489) to have City workers remove and dispose of it in a safe manner.
As a precaution, identify potential home hazards and know how to secure or protect them before a flood may occur. Be prepared to turn off electrical power when there is standing water. Turn off gas and water supplies before you evacuate.
If you experience basement flooding call 905-546-CITY so the incident can be recorded. Take note whether the flooding is a result of a sewer surcharge or surface flooding.
Please ensure you have a working flashlight and a stocked emergency kit.
In the event of an emergency, please call 911.
Further updates will be provided throughout the day and into the evening.
For more information on emergency preparedness, please visit: www.getprepared.ca
For more City of Hamilton information, please visit www.hamilton.ca