City prepares for nasty weather from Hurricane Sandy
London Community News
With the remnants of Hurricane Sandy expected to sweep through southern Ontario starting Monday, city crews are preparing to deal with any emergencies.
Environment Canada reports that rainfall amounts of 25 to 50 mm are expected; however higher amounts to 150 mm are possible during the next 72 hours.
Winds are predicted to pick up overnight with 40 to 60 km/h sustained winds and gusts from 70 to 100 km/h possible.
“I suspect the biggest issues will be flooding and perhaps some downed trees and associated hydro issues if winds are significant,” said Dave O’Brien, the city’s Manager of Emergency Services, in a news release. “City crews are working to clear storm water sewer grates of leaves. We are monitoring weather conditions closely.”
London residents are advised to ensure they have working flashlights and a stocked 72-hour emergency kit. They are also asked to stay away from downed power lines, secure outdoor items like patio furniture and avoid any roads covered over in water.
For more information on emergency preparedness, visit www.london.ca/emergency.