Broken poles near Dundas, Ont., (Photo Hydro One via Twitter)

Sarnia-Lambton Spared Brunt Of Intense April Storm

Sarnia-Lambton generally was spared the worst of the intense April storm that brought ice, heavy rain, wind and snow to southern Ontario over the weekend.

Lingering power outages in parts of Lambton County caused the closure of a couple of county facilities and a couple of public schools Monday.

Lambton Heritage Museum and the Grand Bend Library were closed as well as Grand Bend Public School and Bosanquet Central Public School.

The St. Clair Region Conservation Authority’s flood watch remained in effect Monday.

The authority says 30 mm to 50 mm (2 inches) of rain fell across the region over the weekend with some localized areas getting more than two inches.

Water levels continued to rise across the watershed Monday and there was localized flooding along some of the smaller watercourses in the region.

The public is warned to stay away from fast-moving water and slippery stream banks.

Some county roads are closed until further notice due to flooding.

More than 100,000 Hydro One and Toronto Hydro customers were still without power Monday.

Environment Canada says Toronto received 18 hours of ice pellets, six hours of freezing rain and ten hours of rain.

London Airport recorded 14 hours of freezing rain mixed with ice pellets.

In Wiarton, just shy of 40 cm of snow (1.3 ft) fell on Saturday, followed by ice pellets and freezing rain Sunday.

West Region OPP responded to hundreds of crashes during the early spring storm, one of them resulting in death.

Police, once again, say drivers refused to slow down and drive according to the conditions. An officer at a crash scene caused by glare ice clocked vehicles on radar speeding by at 136 km/h and 108 km/h on Hwy. 401.

Luckily, police say with the storm happening over the weekend, many motorists wisely stayed off the roads.

Huron County OPP were investigating a fatal crash involving a pedestrian that occurred just northeast of Bluevale at around 6pm Sunday.

Police say a man had left his vehicle to check out guardrail debris from a previous crash that was laying on the travelled portion of Harriston Rd., when he was struck by a pickup truck. Douglas Stamper, 64, of Central Huron was pronounced dead at the scene.

The spring storm was moving east into Quebec on Monday.