Region braces for flooding after weekend ice storm

Region braces for flooding after weekend ice storm
Thousands blacked out by snow, ice and rain storm in southern Ontario
Thousands of Hydro One customers across Midwestern Ontario are still waiting for their power to come back on.

Hydro’s Storm Centre outages map still shows at least a dozen locations in Perth, Huron, Bruce, Wellington and Grey counties where crews are working to restore power.

In some cases, the restoration time is listed as this morning, but some people may not have their electricity back on until mid-afternoon.

Hydro One crews have made considerable progress, amid hazardous conditions and significant damage including broken poles, downed lines and fallen trees.

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There are a number of road detours in Perth County because of downed lines or damaged poles.

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As power restoration work is completed in one area, crews are dispatched to new areas needing their attention.

It is expected that freezing rain or rain will continue across many parts of Southern Ontario today.

What a mess. The calendar says its two weeks until May. But the weather in parts of Canada and the U.S. is more like January, leading to huge headaches for travellers.

Toronto Pearson Airport had a large number of delays and roughly 600 cancellations on the weekend due to winter storm Xanto; 250 cancelled flights on Saturday and another 350 as of Sunday evening, the Toronto Star reported.

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The Toronto Pearson website last night was showing a number of delays and cancellations for Monday, including cancelled flights from Montreal, Thunder Bay, Ottawa, New York and Cleveland. Scattered outgoing flights from YYZ to Minneapolis, Ottawa, Newark and other destinations also were cancelled, but Monday was looking fairly decent at Toronto Pearson at our press time.

Torontos Billy Bishop Airport (also known as the Toronto Island Airport) was in terrible shape on the weekend. The airport put out a statement on Twitter around 5 p.m. Sunday to say all remaining flights from YTZ were cancelled because of the storm.

The airport remains open for those who need to rebook flights, they said.

The Billy Bishop Airport site said some flights were already cancelled for Monday, including early flights to Montreal and Ottawa. But the website was showing on-time departures for Monday morning flights to Boston, Newark, Windsor, Washington D.C., Thunder Bay and some other destinations.

The airports Twitter feed suggested that passengers check with their airline for specific flight information as some morning flights are current cancelled for tomorrow (Monday).

Afternoon flights appeared to be in much better shape at Billy Bishop, suggesting officials hope to have things back to normal later today.

A travel advisory on the Toronto Pearson website late Sunday night said the airport continues to be affected by prolonged periods of freezing rain and ice pellets.

The advisory warned customers to be prepared for significant delays and cancellations.

Airport operations will be very slow today as a result of the weather, officials said. The airlines are working to deliver bags, but outdoor conditions are very difficult and the safety of workers is a priority.”

The airport, as would one expect, was advising customers to arrive early and drive safely. They also suggested using public transit to avoid messy highways.

Roads in the Greater Toronto Area were a disaster, with upwards of 550 crashes reported as of late Saturday and countless more Sunday.

Weve got cars in the ditches, weve got cars on the concrete wall, weve got cars facing the wrong way, Ontario Provincial Police spokesman Kerry Schmidt told Canadian Press. Weve got problems all over the place.

Freezing rain warnings also were in place for Montreal, an important hub for Canadian airlines. The Montreal Trudeau Airport website was showing significant delays last night, with many flights delayed by two to four hours. A flight from Montreal to Rome that was slated to leave at 7:05 p.m. was showing a departure time of 11:30 p.m. when TravelPulse Canada checked. A scheduled 8 p.m. departure for Toronto was shown with a suggested departure time of 12:25 a.m. on Monday.

As of late last night, the Trudeau Airport site was showing a couple dozen cancellations on Monday morning.

Trudeau Airport officials were suggesting passengers arrive at the airport three hours in advance of their flight.

The storm was expected to head east today and Tuesday, potentially spreading freezing rain or snow to Quebec City and on towards the Maritimes, which have had more ice and snow than they care for already this year.

Things were messy all over the upper Midwest of the U.S. and in and around the Great Lakes, which meant huge headaches in Detroit, Cleveland and other airline hubs. Green Bay, Wisconsin received a whopping 52 centimeters of snow; a record for April. Winter storm Xanto, as it was called, also was the heaviest April snowstorm on record in Minneapolis/St. Paul.

The Toronto Blue Jays were supposed to play in Cleveland on Saturday and Sunday. Both games were postponed to a later date because of weather.

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