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article imageLambton county roads closed, state of emergency

By Ken Wightman     Dec 14, 2010 in Environment
Military search and rescue aircraft have been sent from CFB Trenton at the request of the OPP after Lambton County declared a state of emergency.
Update: 680 News is reporting the military has helped to rescue about 150 of the stranded motorists thus far.
WJBK Detroit has posted a video of the winter disaster and is reporting: The only motorists allowed to cross the Blue Water Bridge into Canada Tuesday morning are those heading into the immediate Sarnia area.
Newstalk 1290 in London is reporting that Captain Paul Spaleta of Canadian Forces Base Trenton says if conditions permit, rescue personnel could be lowered from the choppers, and people taken out the same way.
The London Free Press quotes OPP Const. John Reurink: "They'll be airlifting people from their vehicles but for now they're standing down because they need to have a safe area to touch down and reach those in need." Clearly the rescue operation is very much touch and go with all at the mercy of the winter weather.
On Monday Hydro One pulled its work crews leaving thousands of rural customers in Lambton County without power. After the snowplows were yanked from the roads, Hydro One crews had little choice but to take the unusual step of abandoning their trucks. They will stay out of service until the snowplows are able to reopen snow-plugged roads.
For some rural residents, no power means no heat. For others, those on well water, no power can mean no water.
In London, Ontario, snow is just beginning to fall but reporter John Miner of The London Free Press tweated earlier this morning that it was already snowing heavily in Poplar Hill on Hwy. 22 west of the city. Miner found the snow storm worsening as he drove into the Strathroy area.
An LFP reporter/photographer team, Randy Richmond and photographer Craig Glover , managed to reach a warming centre in Strathroy where they interviewed about 20 people seeking shelter from the storm. Warming centres were opened in a number of centres last night. Today police are saying all roads in Lambton county are closed as the state of emergency continues.
Environment Canada is forecasting snow by early Tuesday afternoon in London, with up to 35cm expected in some areas before the storm moves on Thursday.
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