Crews Prepped For Ice Storm: City

The warnings and alerts have been lifted as the weekend ice storm moves from Brockville.

The city says preparation meant they were able to stay ahead of it and keep on top of the roads.

Public Works Supervisor Russ Fraser says, like most people, they weren't expecting it at first.

"We were actually in our spring sweeping mode, we had to switch from that back to winter," says Fraser. "We were ready for it when it came. We had lots of advanced notice."

Fraser says up to eight drivers were on the roads throughout the weekend tackling freezing rain, snow and ice pellets, right into the Monday morning commute.

Fraser says they will be keeping their eye on the week ahead but with rising temperatures overall it should go smootly.

"We don't anticipate any flooding because the snow is not really hard packed, and it's going to melt and it should get to the catch basins ok. So we don't anticipate any problems that way."

Fraser says, in all, he's proud of the work they did.

Not every area in Ontario has been quite so lucky. Utility crews continued to repair severed power lines on Tuesday morning.

The province's largest utility, Hydro One, was reporting around 40,000 customers without electricity, down from a high of about 300,000 in the early stages of the storm.

In Ottawa a giant block of ice slipped from a large exit sign, smashing the windshield of one driver on the highway.

And chunk of ice falling from the CN Tower poked a hole in the Rogers Centre roof, forcing the cancellation of a game between the Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals.

 

- With files from the Canadian Press.