Sep 17, 2003
MISSISSAUGA, September 17, 2003 - As a result of the storm warning issued for this Friday, the City of Mississauga is initiating measures to ensure the safety of its residents.
"If the current forecast is correct, part of southern Ontario could receive significant rainfall along with strong winds beginning in the early morning hours on Friday," said Mayor Hazel McCallion. "We are already taking precautionary measures by putting City staff on full alert should Mississauga be hit."
Transportation and Works department staff is ensuring drainage systems are clear of debris; emergency water pumps are ready to be deployed if necessary and Fire & Emergency Services staff are standing by.
Mayor McCallion is appealing to the public to also take proactive measures.
"Residents should safely store lawn furniture and park in their driveway or garage to leave roads clear," said Mayor McCallion. Residents should also be prepared for potential power outages." Residents can report blocked sewers by calling Transportation and Works at 905-615-3000.
According to the Weather Network, hurricane Isabel is expected to track northwestward and cross into southern Ontario on Friday. Once Isabel hits land it is expected that she will undergo significant weakening and lose her hurricane status. Weather updates are available from the Weather Network at www.theweathernetwork.ca.