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The Owen Sound Police Service was kept very busy last night, primarily responding to calls for service relating to the ice storm. Receiving 90 calls for police and fire department-related matters, officers and fire fighters dealt with fallen trees and branches, downed hydro and phone lines, alarms, transformer flare-ups and power surges, adding to the usual routine events. Thankfully motorists were few and far between, choosing to avoid inclement weather and unfavourable road conditions. "In spite of an ongoing barrage of calls, our 9-1-1 operators professionally managed and dispatched emergency crews skilfully and proficiently. As always, we're quite proud of them", said Sgt. Ted Kitto.

A transformer power surge in Owen Sound's Westmount subdivision led to numerous responses for tripped-out and smoking fuse panels and appliances, prompting Owen Sound Fire & Emergency Services members to go door-to-door to ensure everyone's safety. Hydro crews are working at rectifying the problem, however, it is suggested that Westmount residents effected by the power surge keep their circuit panels switched off until Hydro One successfully completes full repairs.

Although City roads crews have worked busily throughout the night to make roads safe, motorists are requested not to drive unless it is absolutely necessary. Many of the city roads remain ice covered and/or quite slippery.

source: media releaease, Owen Sound Police


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