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Monday, January 30, 2023
Trees howled down on Halloween night

Not long after witches and goblins took to the streets on Halloween night, some scary weather blew through Niagara.

High winds caused downed trees and branches around NOTL and on Friday morning crews were busy cleaning up.

Several power outages were reported along Lake Ontario, particularly on Lakeshore Road, McNab Road and Firelanes, said NOTL Hydro president Tim Curtis.

Hydro workers were out Thursday night fixing the damage and were busy restoring power all Friday morning, Curtis told The Lake Report.

“It was multiple outages, not just a big one, so you got to fix each one of them. One at a time,” he said.

Curtis advised residents that anytime wires are down they should stay away – because a downed line could still be live.

There was minor damage around town and crews were also out cleaning up area roads, said the municipality's community engagement co-ordinator Lauren Kruitbosch.

Environment Canada had issued a wind warning and a special weather statement for Niagara on Thursday, warning residents of heavy rain and strong winds with gusts reaching up to 90 kilometres per hour.

The high winds and heavy rain have also caused significant flooding along Lake Erie.

Port Colborne experienced road closures, downed trees and power outages after the storm. The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority issued a flood notice for residents living along Lake Erie shoreline. 


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