Niagara prepares for a blast from Sandy
Hydro crews, municipal and regional officials all preparing for a battering from Hurricane Sandy.
In a special weather statement, Environment Canada is warning we could get around 40 mm of rain tonight with winds gusting up to 100 km/h as Hurricane Sandy converges with a stalled front over Niagara.
Sean Bertleff, Associate Director of Regional Emergency Planning for the Region of Niagara tells 610 CKTB's Tim Denis this morning, for now they are taking a wait and see approach.
He says they are big believers in the 72 hour message, a North American intiative, which lets people know about the risks and develop a plan.
He adds information on that can be found on a great website, getprepared.gc.ca.
Bertleff also says residents can log onto the region's website, niagararegion.ca, where there are guidebooks on power outages, flooding and those types of things.
All of Niagara's hydro utilities have crews waiting to act should the winds topple trees tonight and down power lines.
Municipal crews have been busy clearing storm grates to make sure the sewers don't clog and can handle the heavy rainfall.
City of Niagara Falls Operations Superintendent John Morocco also asks local residents if possible, to clear any catch basins near or in front of their homes
Local residents are also advised to secure patio furniture and most importantly make sure their sump pumps are working.
And how are you preparing for Sandy? CKTB would love to hear from you. Go to our comments section on this website and let us know.