Bracebridge keeps Sportsplex open overnight as power still out in parts of town Tuesday
BRACEBRIDGE – The cold and snow that virtually shut down most of Muskoka Tuesday, taking out power to almost 4,800 customers in and around Bracebridge part of the day – and restricting road travel severelyacross the district - continued into the night, has town officials here opting to keep the Sportsplex open overnight as a warming centre.
Bracebridge, which had closed its Sportsplex programming for the day kept staff on to later Tuesday to ensure anyone still without power “a warm place” to find refuge for the evening as the storm hopefully abates itself, town CAO John Sisson told MuskokaTODAILY just before 5 p.m.
Just after 9:30 p.m. he emailed that the Sportsplex would now remain open overnight – as some still do not have full power back.
Facebook reports Tuesday night said Hwy. 11 at Old North Road was closed due to snow conditions.
Bracebridge assistant town clerk Matt Gower had said in an earlier news release in the late afternoon that the town was inviting residents of Bracebridge affected by the power outage to make use of the Sportsplex, at 110 Clearbrook Trail, as a temporary warming centre.
The Sportsplex was to be open until 10 p.m. at least.
Sisson had said should electrical service in the community be lost longer, the Town would extend the hours of operation for the warming centre as necessary.
As of 4 p.m. Lakeland Power was tweeting that said power had been restored to the largely affected parts of the town, along with out on Hwy. 118 and on the shores of Muskoka Lake, according a map on their Twitter account.
Meanwhile, the South Georgian Bay OPP at MacTier say a section of Hwy. 400 on the west side of Muskoka was closed this afternoon due to the storm.
They say both the north- and southbound lanes of Highway 400 are shut down between Waubaushene and Noelville.
The highway was being shut down due to dangerous driving conditions caused by blinding white outs and icy road conditions.
Officers are urging motorists today to limit their travel to essential travel only.
For road closure please visit: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/traveller/trip/about.shtml
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