Town of St. Marys declares a Significant Weather Event in response to winter storm

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UPDATE: The Town of St. Marys has ended its Significant Weather Event in response to improving conditions. Roads and sidewalks are once again being maintained to provincial standards. The Town thanks residents for their patience and cooperation. 

The Town of St. Marys has declared a Significant Weather Event in response to a winter storm that is battering the municipality and much of Ontario.

The declaration has been made under O. Reg 239/02. This provincial law states that a municipality must declare a Significant Weather Event when it is unable meet the minimum requirements for clearing snow from roads and sidewalks.

The declaration means that the Town is working hard to clear snow, but the severe and unrelenting weather conditions are making it impossible to maintain roads and sidewalks to a minimum standard.

The Town continues to prioritize the clearing of its most travelled roads and reminds residents that side streets may take longer to clear. Residents are asked to postpone any non-essential travel and to use extreme caution if they must travel on local roads.

The declaration will end when the Town is once again able to clear roads and sidewalks at a level that meets provincial requirements. An announcement will be made through the Town’s website (, Facebook page ( and Twitter account ( when the declaration is lifted.

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