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Winter storm hits region, keeps RCMP busy

Weather was the top story of the day Wednesday with as much as 24 cm or more falling within a 24 hour period, keeping emergency personnel busy. - Angie Mindus photo
Weather was the top story of the day Wednesday with as much as 24 cm or more falling within a 24 hour period, keeping emergency personnel busy.
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Accumulating snow is keeping the Williams Lake RCMP busy this week.

On Wednesday morning police responded to many accidents, including a single vehicle roll-over in the 100 block of Mackenzie Avenue South around 9:18 a.m.

Upon arrival police officers located the vehicle on its roof, with the lone occupant driver uninjured.

The driver reported going south-bound on Mackenzie Avenue, when the vehicle slid to the right and then rolled onto its roof, Staff Sgt. Ken Brissard said, adding speed was obviously a contributing factor, considering the weather and road conditions.

“I am recommending if there is no reason to be driving, don’t,” Brissard said Wednesday. “The streets in Williams Lake, the surrounding area, including the highways, are extremely icy. Visibility is poor with the continuing snowfall, which also increases our chances of becoming involved in an accident.”

Brissard encouraged drivers to play it safe and keep vehicles parked off the streets.

“This will also assist our road crews who are trying to keep our roadways maintained and safe,” he said. “If you do need to venture out, drive defensively.  Stopping distances are increased drastically, so speeds need to be reduced accordingly.”

Meanwhile, Williams Lake airport manager Shea De La Mare said there were no flights in and out of Williams Lake airport Wednesday due to the weather.

“We’ve recorded 16 centimetres of snow as of 2 p.m.,” De La Mare said Wednesday afternoon.

 

On Thursday De La Mare said all flights were coming in and out because conditions and visibility were “a lot better.”

 

 

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