City issues ice-storm alert, urges caution

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Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for much of Southern Ontario, including Barrie, due to a potential ice storm.
The latest forecast is showing the possibility of significant freezing rain starting Saturday morning continuing through to Sunday. This weather event may result in lengthy power outages caused by significant ice build-up on electrical equipment, high winds and fallen tree limbs on overhead powerlines.
Residents are encouraged to follow Alectra on Twitter on @AlectraNews, download the Alectra app or visit the outage map at www.alectrautilities.com for the latest updates. To report outages Alectra customers in Simcoe County should call 1-877-963-6900.
The City of Barrie will post City service information related to the storm on Twitter (@cityofbarrie), Facebook (facebook.com/cityofbarrie/) and www.barrie.ca/EmergencyManagement. The City asks residents not to use social media to report service requests during the storm. Service requests should be sent to Service Barrie by calling 705-726-4242 (if the concern needs to be addressed after-hours, press zero for assistance), emailing servicebarrie@barrie.ca, or by using the Pingstreet mobile app, available for download via www.barrie.ca/pingstreet. As always, in the event of an emergency, residents should call 911.
The City has all winter maintenance crews on standby to address icy road conditions. Staff will monitor the weather closely and salters/sanders will be dispatched accordingly. Residents can track the progress of crews at www.barrie.ca/PlowTracker.
Barrie Transit services
During this storm watch, both conventional and specialized transit services will continue to operate. However, the impact of this weather may cause service delays, staff will monitor the weather closely and work to maintain service levels where possible and safe to do so.
What to do if you see a downed tree
Residents are responsible for damage done to trees on their private property. For any downed City trees or trees fallen on utility lines, call Service Barrie at 705-726-4242 Monday–Friday, 8am–5pm. If the concern needs to be addressed after-hours, press zero for assistance. Residents can also report downed trees using the Pingstreet mobile app.
Flashing red or blank traffic lights
During an electrical power loss, traffic signal displays at intersections will be either be blank or flashing red/amber. Yield the right-of-way to vehicles in the intersection and to vehicles entering the intersection from your right. Go cautiously and use the intersection the same way you would use an intersection with all-way stop signs.
What to do if you see a downed power line
Downed power lines may be energized and are dangerous. If power lines are down, stay at least 10 metres away (the length of a school bus), and call 911 immediately.
The City of Barrie reminds all residents of the importance of having an emergency kit in the event of a sustained power outage. It is recommended that emergency kits include: medicine, first aid supplies, flashlights, new batteries, a battery-operated radio, a manual can opener, canned food, bottled water, blankets, food for pets and important telephone numbers for family doctors, schools, daycare and insurance companies.
For helpful preparedness information please visit www.getprepared.gc.ca.

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