Niagara withstands Sandy with minimal damage
Niagara was spared the full wrath of Hurricane Sandy, dealing only a glancing blow to the region.
High winds and heavy rains peaked in the overnight hours, uprooting a couple of trees in Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake and knocking out power to a few thousand customers. By Tuesday morning, most had their power restored.
The city of St. Catharines says damage was minimal, with some minor flooding reported due to sewer grates clogged with fallen leaves, as well as tree branches scattered along in town roads. Still, it's reminding residents to be cautious as the strong winds continue. Environment Canada has ended the wind warning for Niagara but there are still some strong gusts expected throughout the day.
If residents spot a downed power line or are stuck in a dangerous situation, they're urged to call their local utility or 9-1-1.
Niagara Regional Police say there were no major problems overnight.
Emergency Management Ontario is warning people to stay away from lakes, streams and rivers that will be more dangerous following the rain Monday night and Tuesday morning.