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Weekend Wind Storm Kept OPP Busy

Smiths Falls –  Over the weekend officers from all across East Region were very busy with calls for service due to a major wind storm.

That storm caused major disruption to our roadways and neighbourhoods. On Saturday, East Region OPP officers dealt with 773 Calls for service. That’s a 47 % increase from the normal call volume on a Saturday in December.

The busiest period was from 5:00 p.m. on Saturday until 2:00 a.m. on Sunday morning, during which officers responded to 506 calls, which is roughly double the normal call volume for this same time period on a Saturday in December.

Top calls for this period: 142 Traffic Hazards, 53 Dangerous Conditions, 47 Wires Down and 28 Collisions.

Also, On Saturday 53 motor vehicle collisions occurred between 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. due to the ice rain conditions.

The East Region OPP would like to thank all community partners for their dedication and hard work. The excellent service provided by local volunteer firefighters, EMS, Hydro and township employees did not go unnoticed.