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Altruistic locals a saving grace for stranded motorists

Two Canadian Forces CH-146 Griffon helicopters land to help stranded drivers on Highway 402 in Wyoming, Ont. Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. (Beth Campbell / MyNews.CTV.ca)

Two Canadian Forces CH-146 Griffon helicopters land to help stranded drivers on Highway 402 in Wyoming, Ont. Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. (Beth Campbell / MyNews.CTV.ca)

A Canadian Forces CH-146 Griffon helicopter lands to help stranded drivers on Highway 402 in Wyoming, Ont., Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. (Beth Campbell / MyNews.CTV.ca)

A Canadian Forces CH-146 Griffon helicopter lands to help stranded drivers on Highway 402 in Wyoming, Ont., Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. (Beth Campbell / MyNews.CTV.ca)

A police officer climbs on the cab of a semi to check on its driver on London Line, east of Sarnia, Ont., Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. (Glenn Ogilvie / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

A police officer climbs on the cab of a semi to check on its driver on London Line, east of Sarnia, Ont., Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. (Glenn Ogilvie / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Snow is piled up at the Tim Hortons at Reese Corners, east of Sarnia, Ont., Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. (Brandon Junkin for CTV News)

Snow is piled up at the Tim Hortons at Reese Corners, east of Sarnia, Ont., Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. (Brandon Junkin for CTV News)

Snow is piled up at the Tim Hortons at Reese Corners, east of Sarnia, Ont., Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. (Brandon Junkin for CTV News)

Snow is piled up at the Tim Hortons at Reese Corners, east of Sarnia, Ont., Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. (Brandon Junkin for CTV News)

Motorists attempt to free their cars from snow banks on Highway 402, near Sarnia, Ont., early Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010.

Motorists attempt to free their cars from snow banks on Highway 402, near Sarnia, Ont., early Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010.

A snowplow works to clear roads in the county of Simcoe early Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010.

A snowplow works to clear roads in the county of Simcoe early Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010.

Updated: Tue Dec. 14 2010 20:35:31

CTV.ca News Staff

Officials believe all 237 motorists who got stranded on roadways in southern Ontario have been rescued by police convoys, military helicopters and altruistic locals, after a fierce snowstorm blocked their passage overnight.

Rescue crews continue to comb a stretch of Highway 402 between Sarnia and London as a precaution on Tuesday.

Many drivers were picked up by local farmers and snowmobilers and given shelter in farmhouses overnight and throughout the day.

"It's part of the Canadian way," local resident Brian Gare told CTV News Channel.

Gare shuttled five people to his home near Reece's Corner on Tuesday, some of whom had spent 14 hours stranded outdoors in freezing temperatures.

Nearly 300 motorists were left with nowhere to go Monday night, huddling for warmth in their cars as snow mounds grew and harsh winds blew outside.

The conditions were so bad that Emergency Management Ontario declared a "red alert" for the affected stretch of highway at about 9:45 p.m. Monday, which lasted about 12 hours.

Even police vehicles and snowmobiles couldn't make it down the road and snowplows were pulled off the road.

Bradley credited the assistance many local people gave to those on the highway.

"It's been heartening to see the response of local folks as well -- farmers and others -- who have assisted," Bradley said.

"It's good now that the weather has cleared, that the helicopters are able to start plucking people, literally, from the highway and taking them to safety."

Cheryl Stevenson's farmhouse is located near the hamlet of Inwood, not far from where hundreds of stranded motorists spent Monday night.

She and her husband plucked dozens of motorists from the frigid cold and invited them to stay at the farmhouse overnight. Thirty people slept in chairs, couches and on the floor.

She told CTV News that she fed her guests whatever she could find. Dinner consisted of leftover meatloaf, cheese and crackers and candy bars.

said that the hydro was knocked out at their house but a backup generator managed to keep the essentials running.

On Tuesday morning they pulled seven transport trucks out of the ditch with a farm backhoe.

The Bhushan family was among those who were left stranded overnight. The family of four had been on their way to Detroit to catch a flight to Mexico when their car was caught in the storm. Instead of resting on the beach, they were forced to wrap themselves in a blanket for warmth.

"We didn't know what to do," Suhani Bhushan, 19, told The Canadian Press after spending the night in the car with her parents and sister. "No one wanted to talk because it was so cold."

The Bhushan family was eventually found by rescuers overnight and shuttled to a Tim Hortons just east of Sarnia, where dozens of travellers found refuge.

On Tuesday, a combination of police snowmobiles, 4x4 vehicles and even some Canadian Forces helicopters were used to get the stranded motorists off the road and into warming centres.

The East Christian Reformed Church in Strathroy, Ont., played the part of shelter throughout the day for 50 people who were able to get off the highway and make it into town.

"It was terrifying. It really was. We were very low on fuel and they kept talking on the radio about hypothermia and the fact that we may be out there all night," Kathy Rolls told CTV News from the church where she and her husband had been taking refuge since 7 p.m. Monday night.

Officials kept Hwy. 402 closed on Tuesday, burdened by fears of the same heavy snowfall and winds that had closed it overnight.

Officials were warning drivers not to ignore the signs telling them to stay off the overrun highway.

Rescue operations had been complicated by winds and blowing snow through the day.

There were no reports of injuries or fatalities among the stranded motorists who spent a night on the highway.

Farmer John Noorloos owns a farm that sits adjacent to the affected stretch of highway.

In a telephone interview, Noorloos told CTV News Channel that when he looked out his window on Monday night he could see "people standing still in their vehicles on the road."

He used his own vehicles to help five stranded people get to where "they need to be."

For the people on the highway, the night in the snowstorm was an experience they won't soon forget.

Colin Stewart of Tottenham, Ont., said the conditions got gradually worse until a series of turned-over tractor-trailers brought the highway to a standstill.

For 25 hours, Stewart was stuck in his car, as he used his BlackBerry to call family and update his Facebook page.

"I've got about a quarter tank of gas I've turned on and off. I've got a nice big blanket I wrapped myself in," said Stewart, who described the experience as being more boring than scary.

"What can I do? I'm not impressed -- it's Canada, it's a blue sky, I think there's a way to get out of here."

Brandon Junkin of Whitby, Ont., spent the night alone in his pickup truck on Highway 402.

He told CTV News Channel that local municipal workers helped pull his truck out of a snowdrift on Tuesday morning so that he could make his way to a gas station to fill up his gas tank.

Overnight, Junkin said he wrapped himself in an emergency blanket "and kind of stayed warm and just kept talking to myself and kind of hoped that someone was going to come sooner or later."

With reports from CTV Toronto and files from The Canadian Press


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FCS
424 Search and Rescue, the squadron that saved christmas ! Seriously though, well done boys. All of us up here at CFB Borden are super proud.


Gord
Yeah. It takes something like this to bring out the good in all of us.Country folk even have a term for this. its called "storm Stayed"


Margaret in Ottawa
Thank you to all the military and civilians who took the time to help. I'm happy some people still care!


Rob Mason
I was one of those who enjoyed the hospitality of Cherrill and Bob plus their neighbour Lloyd and Beth Corrathers Last night.... They were awesome people and they made that night not only bearable, but even fun!!! Thanks to all of you plus the neighbours who helped get everyone out and even cleared the roads. Such things are never forgotten!!!!!!!!!


ROCKY
A very warm Thank You to all who helped in this situation. The outcome is great! Nobody got hurt! Thank you to everyone who was stranded for staying put in your vehicles, and waiting; It was the right thing to do.
This is where Canadians truly shine from their hearts in goodness. Makes me proud to be one too. Everyone lived and is fine! Thanks to everyone involved!
Great job Folks. Great job!!!!


andreas
All this talk about the items we should be keeping in our trunks.... please, please, please keep these items inside the car itself. Trunk locks can freeze. And if you have a vehicle that has an open storage area at the back that is covered with one of those 'security' trays..... check to make sure you can remove the tray to access the items without needing to open the back hatch.


Marg in Calgary
@NorthernOntario: I sympathize - we had minus stinking 36 here two weeks ago. It's now a balmy 4 degrees.

I grew up here and I still hate the winters.

@eric: I understand it's only 7 degrees in Orlando right now, so don't gloat too much!


GRD
A few years ago Car & Driver offered some tips for driving in Canada:

1. Always wear your seatbelt because that makes it easier for first responders to find your body.

2. Switch to a lighter oil, find someone cute to rub it on, and stay home until April.


Sharyn Pridham
Those from that area write to say how horrible snow squalls are. The winter storm was forecast well ahead of the weekend. What I want to know is why anyone would venture out on the highway, especially with children, when a storm is forecast? And, why do I have to pay for their lack of common sense.


David in NB
For those not acquainted with Lake Effect Snow, it can happen without warning. I'm just glad that it seems like nobody got hurt in this. AAndyB: You may think this is funny, but if you read the story, you will see that even snowmobiles couldn't get around. Walk a mile in their shoes and then comment.


Chinthe
Way to go 424 transport and RESCUE squadron! That others may live!


vince in trenton
I hope these fine Military rescuers have been THANKED by each and every person they have come to the rescue of. This goes to show you that when we need these BRAVE souls they will be there for us. Though I live just 2 miles from the TRENTON BASE I feel that I sometimes neglect these fine people. So I would like to take this oppurtunity to THANK them for everything they do above and beyond their duties.....THANK YOU.......


Chris
Thank You to the Canadian Forces, you are appretiated. For you that insist on blaming those that ventured out as being the problem, I have lived in 6 of the 10 provinces, and remember Vancouver getting 6' of snow, and Montreal as well and being sn owed in in New Brunswick and the imfoumous Mayor Mel calling in the troops. Lived in Alberta when we got more snow than could be handled in a 24 hour period.

This is Canada, and anybody stranded deserves the benifit of the doubt why they were there, but you do need to be prepared at all times. Hearing the stories most were, but everybody needs to make sure they are prepared for whatever may happen.

It doesnt take long to get in trouble, and it takes less time to prepare for the trouble, never have less than half a tank of fuel, have candles in the glove box, matches not lighters along with food bars or chocolate in the same place. If you need medication have it with you, so silly not to think ahead. And warm clothes, even an extra set because you will get out to see how stuck you are. I can remember always having chains in the car, before 4x4's and SUV's. Prepare and when thew worst happens, it may increase the population because of the candlelight dinner you may be experiencing Its Canada, we are a hearty group. Enjoy what we have, please



Brant County Cousin
@Geoff, You are not to be criticized because you're showing concern and you're trying to suggest a solution ( re: snow machine from local ski hill to aid in rescue), but I don't think you been to Lambton County.....not mole hill to be seen for miles (er, kilometres) so no local ski hills that I'm aware of.


Stephen D James
It is called "Lake Effect" and happens when the air crosses over the Great Lakes and picks up the humidity. These storms can happen very quick and very ferocious that most times you just have no chance at anything.Visibility gets knocked down too zero and depth of the snow can mount faster than you think. If the military was called in, it is what they are trained too do and that is look after Our Own. Be Proud of them as I am.I live in the Uk can returning too Canada after being out here for 8 years. I can wait too see real snow and not the 2 inches over here that stops London and the underground.
Hey Canada...the 2ND Coldest Country in the world and as you've just seen the 1ST snowiest in the world.


Rob
Honestly, i don't why you guys take this oppurtunity to bash the army, people, and our province. Steve-O, naive motorists?? If people like you had a job, dependents, responsibilty, you'd understand why people HAD to venture. It is not as if people hoped up and said hey, lets go get stuck. Why not bring in the army? It puts money in reserves pockets, let's them excersize their equipment and protocols. Don't forget the army exists to aid and protect citizens. Quit insulting everyone and everything, how about you show some insightfulness and figure out a way to solve this problem...


Andy In London
to Ontario: that stretch is not actually called the highway of heroes, that is a stretch of the 401 East of Toronto


Susan
Send some of those snow squalls our way to Banff!


rick
Hurray for the Army!


Mrs. Prepared
How interesting to watch all the news casts of people stranded-- ie: husband, wife, and 3 children--so sad they did not have ANY water, food or emergency supplies in their vehicle. We are being asked to have a 72 hour kit (water, food, candles, emergency foil bags to crawl into, etc.) in our homes and especially in our vehicles. EVERY CAR SHOULD HAVE ONE YEAR ROUND. The attitude that "IT WON'T HAPPEN TO US" should be long gone from our minds with all the changing weather around the globe. It is terrifying for those stranded for upwards to 36 hours, but their time would be a bit more comfortable if they were "Prepared" Gas tank full always, 72 hour kit, warm extra clothes and blankets-and the list goes on---it is worth having the "Extra" bag in your car. Don't delay your preparations!!! How Prepared are you????


helen Travers
Thank goodness, everyone is okay. Can you imagine all night in your car what if you had kids with you. Hey people how about a little compassion with your comments. I am sure no one choose to get stuck out there.


John Lethbridge
I'm glad everyone is making it out OK. Two years ago someone died/froze on the 401 at Woodstock in a similar situation. It's good to have these events once in a while to remind why we keep our fuel tank more than half full in the winter and stash gloves, blankets and emergency kits in our trunks. Even a simple thing like a burning candle can keep you warm enough in a pinch.


MaryAnn Williams
Glad you guys used my youtube video! It's been an awful 24-36 hrs here.


Rob in Waterloo
All you people saying that a freak weather event some how disproves climate change scare me. Yes I said climate change it hasn't been called "global warming" by 95% of the scientific community for some time now.


Steve-O
Wow! This Ontario storm/squall/good-ski-day actually made the headlines on CNN. It's rare to see Canadian news elsewhere. Kudos to the trapped (albeit naive) motorists and military rescue personnel for making global headlines.


jv
HELLO!!!!Welcome to Canada.....
it snows here in December, January, February and sometimes March....wake up and smell the coffee....


Ontario
I dont think a lot of people on here realize that snowsqualls are very localized and you can go from a beautiful sunny day to an outright blizzard within the matter of minutes. A lot of these stranded people may not have known what they were even driving towards.@Ryan... I dont think there is any less respect for our military here then anywhere else in the country. I would say, in areas that border the highway of heroes, that there may actually be more respect for the military then anywhere else in the country.


Evan in Athabasca
Questions about more snow.... some say due to warmer lakes. Well if that is the case, then we must have had warm lakes back in the day. My father in law who grew up in Athabasca stated just about every winter the telegraph pole was burried in snow. The land around Athabasca is a large river, lots of lakes, and muskeg.SO I guess you answered my question, why did they have lots of snow it the past, the lakes were warmer.....


Dave
Wish Calgary would get snow like that.


Ella-Max
It must be all that global warming thanks to communist China "Made in China" factories pouring junk into the atmosphere. At least we've got "Made in China" shovels to dig ourselves out. Lucky us!


eric
That's why I,m in Naples,Florida for 3 months.


Much Better
I think the military should be used in this capacity more often. Normally I am one of the first to put them down for anything, but this is a good use of their resources. I just hope it expands.

I am referring to the fires in Kelowna, BC a few years ago, when residents were forced to evacuate their homes, only to return to find they have been burglarized. A military presence on the streets would definitely deter that type of behaviour.






Rob
These squalls have been going on for weeks in a managable state, for whatever reason this time around they were exceedingly bad. It's nobodies fault, life happens, people need to go places to work and put food on their table. It's not a matter of insulting individuals for trying to get somewhere to pay bills. Hindsight is 20/20 you genious's speaking coulda, shoulda, wouldas, keep it to yourself. I surely hope they can be free'd up soon this is a serious situation.


Jim Lad
Global warming, eh?That's a tough sell.By the way, I'm in the Highlands in Victoria, BC where the rain is turning to sleet as I write.Nothing unusual.Just our typical winter/fall weather.


Northern Ontario
Well there is nothing warm about the weather up here. -36C with the windchill. i will take that dump of snow anyday, you "southerners" can have the Cold crap we are getting.


Ryan
The Canadian Military comes to the rescue in Ontario again! Maybe the east will finally show some respect towards our men/women in uniform!


Vickie
Anyone who thinks it is funny that the military had to rescue people need to shake their heads.The military in Canada is there to support our country at all times, not just war or peacekeeping missions overseas.Snow storms like this are frightening and come on fast! Sometimes smart people make bad decisions to go out in them. Sometimes rescues have to happen. I don't even live in Ontario and think it is quite commendable that the government of Ontario had the common sense to call in the military to help rescue these poor unfortunate souls. If a tornado hits Alberta , a tsunami BC, a major flood in Quebec or the Maritimes beyond the capability of the province to handle I would like to think the respected province would ask for the military's help. You never know when it is you who will need the help, quit laughing, this is deadly serious.


kg1
Wow....thats a lot of snow! What is making the situation worse however is not the snow but the people who decide theyhave to venture out even if in actuality they dont "have to". the only ones who should be out in storms like those (if they hadnt ventured out before the storm arrived) are emergency vehicles and snow removal vehicles. otherwise every other vehicle is just adding to the problem. and....if you are venturing out...do not dress as if you are going to a ball...winter boots, snowpants, longjohns, mitts/hat etc..you get the idea. this idea of thats ok i am only driving in the city doesnt always work (especially if you are stuck in 3ft of snow! and for crying out loud if you get stuck..stay with the vehicle until help comes..stay safe, stay warm


Gord
That 100K highway 402 stretch between London and Sarnia is mostly a truck auto parts corridor and at the best of times a gloomy nightime drive with no service centres. Forget about coffee or pee breaks.
However, all this has prompted me to check my wintertime survival car gear. Guess what. For shame.

My candles in my glove box have melted into mush. Butane lighter drained and bone dry, flashlight batteries dead, cell phone recharger missing, I ate all the stash of granola bars last summer and forgot to replace them and my collapsible shovel is missing.
And so, this afternoon Its Hi Ho Hi Ho its off the Home Hardware I go.


Robert
PBW...The Cormorants at one time were based @ CFB Trenton but were removed because of a low serviceability rate across the fleet. "I'm just saying" the most populated province should have a larger capacity helicopter for such an emergency. Thanks to the Military and the OPP who spent the night there.


Robert
PBW...The Cormorants at one time were based @ CFB Trenton but were removed because of a low serviceability rate across the fleet. "I'm just saying" the most populated province should have a larger capacity helicopter for such an emergency. Thanks to the Military and the OPP who spent the night there.


aandyb
Southern Ontario wusses LOL. we say we're stranded when only ski doos can get around. other than that, hey, it's just a canadian winter. oh, well, not exactly right now. we're having balmy spring weather. sorry bout that , southern ontario.


Invincible Canuck
This is why I got 4 university degrees. Just to be smarter. I always travel with a snow plow, land rover, all terrain vehicle and an inflatible boat. Sometimes if I am unable to determine the final outcome of my calculations, I put a medic and a shrink in the back seat. One for any physical emergencies and the shrink to talk me through it. I have food rations onboard, flares and enough helicopter parts to build one. I never travel without my own mercenary army for back up. Believe me when I tell you, I've never been killed yet. Touch wood, eh?


Mike vdB - Chatham, ON
@ Lauren S: Thanks for the feedback Ms. S. We appreciate comments from ill-informed people, like yourself, that think that Toronto encompasses all of Southwestern Ontario. Toronto is big, but it isn't that big.


michael
The world and its people are losing there minds. You couldn't be very bright to go out in a storm like that. The next Question is what were the snow removel contractors doing even with the storm they had there was no reason they were not open as they did not get all the snow in one minite


HK
To RK and Lauren:
Snowtires and driving a truck didn't stop my husband from getting stranded. This isn't a time to blame drivers, I'm sure no one wanted to get stranded overnight.


Geoff
Get a SnowCat from a local ski hill. It may not be able to carry many people. It can carry fuel, rations and medical supplies to people who are still stranded to keep them comfortable until they are able to be rescued.


Kyle Plumadore
Wow folks rather that argue on if this is global warming, the stupidy of the people or the incompetitence of responders. How about just being concerned with the people that are stuck out there. Think of the younger children and elderly that could be stuck out there. Some maybe without vital medications or other essentials. Honestly, when did we canadians become such a dispicable bunch. I for one am ashamed! As for Pat who's husband is stuck in that mess my thoughts are with you dear. Good day


Susan
Why the surprise at the ostriches that will not acknowledge the evidence of climate change? No matter how much supporting data you put in front of a person who holds his/her own world view as gospel will be sufficient to convince them.
It's just like religious people who think the world was created in 6 literal days. The very book they pretend to follow doesn't even claim that. Some people are just plain stupid and full of themselves. Unlike the climate that will never change.


rose
This type of thing can happen suddenly with no warning. I was walking down town one day while living in Alberta. and before I could get there I could not see in front of me . and it was -21 C.

I stayed there till the snow stopped and walked home in over a ft of snow.


Kaptin
Seems to me that I have heard this before with the military being called in to help out in a heavy snow situation.

Oh Wait!!! Yeah, it was Mel Lastman who called out the military to help out when Toronto got socked in some years back and he got laffed at and chastized and totally ridiculed for this.

I don't hear anyone laffing now over a few stuck motorists. Any of them having a heart attack or having a baby?

I think it's great that our military can be put to use where they are not getting their asses blown off. Our country comes first.

Good work people of the military and shame at all you peons who laffed at Mel.


Danny - Sarnia
This was NOT a storm people, it was snow squalls, cold north winds that travel over warm waters and when it hits land it snows. Global warming r u kidding! This area of Lambton county is very open and the very strong north winds blew the snow into large drifts. For the people that think you have to get to work and got stuck, is your life worth risking for a few days pay?


RK
I drive a 4x4 full sized truck with snow tires and I was smart enough to stay home. These silly people who venture out in front wheel drive Honda Civics with all seasons on make me laugh. Gee, you got stuck? Wow, never saw that coming! What ever happened to common sense?


Michelle in Northern Ontario
I don't understand why they didn't have road blocks. I live in Sault Ste Marie, and our highways get closed if the weather is too bad. They put up blockades, and there are emergency personnel at these stops. I've even heard from people who live on the outskirts of town, that if they absolutely refuse and want to go past the blockades than they have to sign a waiver (for insurance purposes). It blows my mind that a blockade wasn't set up on this highway. Like, really.


Maude Finley
Stranded! Wow "global warming" sure is playing havoc with Canadians. (sarcasm). Maybe we should drag Al Gore's hind-end up here to shovel them out as he continually preaches verbatim "It's an Inconvenient Truth". I'm sure someone will go ballistic and hit him over the head with his shovel. At least I hope they would.


Lauren S
Again! Seems every year the Military is called out to help the people in Ontario in the winter! We live in Canada, time to accept that, it snows in Canada, every winter. Solution: Winter parka, boots, snow shovel and winter tires! I believe there is a Canadian Tire in every block in TO! My tax dollars spent on idiots....again!


PBW
Robert asks "Where are the heavier Cormorants?" Well, they were canceled by Chretien and his Liberals way back, at a cost of a half-billion dollars (with nothing to show for that taxpayers' money) then re-ordered years later at a higher price and a longer wait time. Had the original contract been honored, the entire fleet would have been in service by now.


Northern Princess
As some have already mentioned, enough with the Global Warming. I remember a photo where my father as a young man was standing on a snowbank and touching the electrical wires lining the streets. I also remember as a kid being able to go on the roof of our house and slide down onto to the snow where our lawn used to be. Snow was that high. Just because there has been a few years where there hasn't been that much snow, doesn't make our Canadian winters any less winter. We have four seasons folks, and each is as different as the other. It has nothing to do with Global warming. I'm actually looking forward to the winters we used to have, maybe kids will be kids again, get rosy cheeks and exercise again. Oh, and one more thing, its not the first time we hear of the oranges in Florida freezing either. It has nothing to do with Global Warming. Get over yourselves.


Keith
I'm just sayin'.... stop saying..."I'm just sayin'" It sounds stupid.


hmmm
Warmest cooling phase ever ;)


Hmm
Will, to your comment on global warming.

This new cooling temperature you are talking about, did you read that in a tabloid somewhere?

To my knowledge and the entire world's knowledge, the temperature of the oceans, and north pole have been climbing, with an increase in the melting of the polar ice caps, not to mention less and less sea ice each year.

It's common knowledge now that temperatures world wide have increased on average.

And yes, we all know that climates change and the world goes through cycles, come on, get with the program and stop watching american news.


MikeW
To Jenny62Good point, although you forgot another. It takes cold weather to make snow and the past 4 weeks have been below average and this winter is expected to be colder than the previous 3. Just sayin


JB in Ontario
I hope everyone gets out of the cold and is safe and get home soon! Way to go military!


Raj
There maybe warnings, as in stay off the roads.But people have to travel for work. They may have gotten caught driving home from work.Storms like this blow in very easily.I just hope everyone remain calm, and that will be back safely in their houses.


Will
To the global warming AKA climate change crowd: Reputable climate scientists have refuted the heavily flawed theory of Anthropogenic Global Warming (now called climate change) as having no basis in science. Does climate change? OF course it does, it is a dynamic process not static. But to equate the recent weather with CC is false. We are entering a COOLING phase in the climactic cycle (expected to last about 800 years) with an overall drop in temperature (averaged over the entire world) of 1-3 degrees C. This drop is expected to be gradual over a period of about 200 years. So, before attributing our NORMAL weather to global warming, sit back, take a few deep breaths and relax. It's "no biggie". And please stop with the fraud already.


Gord
Now that it seems there is nothing more than delays and the need for lots and lots of hot coffee to warm up may I add some humour and irony?
Remember Tronta Snow CEO [retired Mayor Mel Lastman] calling in the army to help us out of a blizzard 10 years ago and we hav'ent lived it down since with other Canadians. Like we're sissies or something less than other hardier Canadians. Well it seems, those not serving in Afganistan are being sent to Lambton County to clear the roads and help stranded motorists. Just sayin'


Emily from Bright's Grove
I live in the north east part of Sarnia and I've stayed home from work yesterday and today because of the road conditions. I only have to go five minutes to get to work, but I don't trust myself with going on the roads. It's better to stay home or stay in a warm place than go anywhere. And I'm hoping that everybody on the 402 will be able to get out of the snow and be able to go home.


Jenny62
On December 3rd Environment Canada senior climatologist David Phillips, said there is little question that 2010 been a record-breaking year. 2010 "will clearly come out to be the warmest year on record in Canada."S.W. Ontario is getting hammered with lake effect snow squall due in part because of the prolonged lake effect. I say it real simple like = warmer temperatures = warmer lakes = increased lake effect snow.


mo4
So here is a thought. Listen to your radio and when warned NOT to go out on the roads stay HOME! I hope everyone is safe, but you kinda brought it on yourself. Don't blame the weather.


joe
lets just hope everyone makes it out safe. i wish i could help


Robert
The Military is sending 2 Griffin helicopters from CFB Trenton. Wow, each Griffin might be able to take out 2 patients each. Where are the heavier Cormorants?


izda
Its going to get worst before better.. people will suffer and it will take its path..
there is no controlling global warming.. how can you control it when they cant even control wikileaks...



Greg - Signs and Wonders
I hope none of them got tickets for idling....


Gilbert in Ottawa
Anyone blamed it on global warming yet???


Concerned
I was a kid when the Blizzards of 76/77 came. I remember huge rubber tired front end loaders cleaning the roads back then. Why, with all the heavy contractors in London and Sarnia can 10 or 20 wheel loaders be mustered to clear paths for the so the snowplows, tow trucks and police get onto the 402 and get those trapped people out of harms way?Just sayin'...


Zee
I've always carried an emergency backpack in my vehicle. This year I have added lots of candles, an eliminator and a 12V heating blanket BUT my best item is the decision not to go anywhere. Hope all are rescued.


Meow
I've been looking for videos about this Southern Ontario state of emergency on-line, but found nothing (not even snippets) until encountering this, surprisingly comprehensive, ctv feed. Well done, CTV! You seem to be ahead of the rest of other broadcasters when it comes to accommodating those, like myself, who have hi-speed internet but no television (by choice -yes, we do exist, all three of us).Best wishes to those still stranded, stay safe and warm, Meow


Gord
Pat. Tell Hubby to stay in his truck no matter what. All radio reports are that help is on the way. Good Luck. As you pointed out not everyone is out for a Sunday drive after church. That stretch of highway 402 is vital to our Michigan/Ontario auto industry both road and rail.


RickG
Like other sensible truck drivers I stopped in the Sarnia Customs parking lot when I heard the 402 was closed beyond the 6km marker . With all that traffic on 22 it was only a matter of time before that road ended up being blocked and closed also . Those that were foolish enough to go on are going to cause considerable delay getting the highway open .Westbound drivers warned them to stop . It took one driver 4 hours to get from Wyoming to Sarnia before they closed the 402 .


Bryan
Just because it's cold and snowy, doesn't mean gloabal warming isn't true. In New Zealand, some of the glaciers are growing because of global warming. Increased heat in Australia and over the ocean are bringing more moisture into the clouds which translates into more snow at higher altitude. Don't take these storms as a sign that global warming doesn't exist!


Michelle
I'm getting really tired of the "global warming" comments. Global warming means climate change. It doesn't mean that suddenly it's going to be warm and sunny in Canada. It means that the weather patterns are changing and we will experience changes in weather. This situation on the other hand is called winter. And in the wintertime it snows. Sometimes storms will result in significant snowfall and when people don't heed advise to stay off the roads during extreme weather than THIS is an example of what can happen.


Alyx Crawford
@GrandFalls - "Where is global warming?" More frequent and severe winter storms IS a sign of climate change. The lakes stay warmer longer, feeding moisture into the cold Arctic air, causing extreme snowstorms.


David J
I've been through a few white-outs (near London, and heading up the 69 to Parry Sound). Sometimes it lasts just a kilometre, sometimes its more widespread. Being from the Sault, I know that being prepared helps, but I doubt anyone plans on being trapped for 24 hours.


Ken - Ont
This may be a case where technology caused a problem. Yesterday morning I consulted the weather radar and the steamers did not look that bad. A look out the window showed a different story. My friends that commute from London also looked at the weather radar and made the decision to drive to Sarnia. When they got to Forest they realized their mistake but could not turn around. Five hours later they finally made it to Sarnia.


Pat
Sometimes your company sends you out not knowing the situation ahead of time. My husband drives for a large transport company and is now stuck on the 402 highway, and trust me it is the last place he wants to be.I did send enough food to last him a couple of days but it is dwindling. He says the trucks are lined up 20ks behind him . He is about 5ks from a truck stop but would be taking his life in his hands if he dare leave the truck as the white out conditions are grave.Lets pray that the storm ends and everyone stays safe.


DANIEL h
No matter how many times you tell people to be prepared, there are always those that think it will not happen to them. People die because they ignore weather forcasts. Unless you absolutely have to travel when the weather is getting bad, do not do it! Care blankets, candles, and other emergency supplies. Always fill the gas tank before you start out. Drive for the weather! Idiots who drive like it is a fine summer day end up in an accident or cause one.


Ian Ottawa
Welcome to Canada. People become complacent, and Wam! I am always prepared for myself and my family but there are people who think, they are super drivers. Problem is, we all share the road's


Sal
So, instead of listening to the weather forecast, and staying off the roads, very important people, who could not miss work - did!And now the tax payer has to "rescue" them from their own stupidity.I did not see one person dressed properly for the cold and snow.If you insist on driving in very poor weather, at least have your car ready to sleep in comfortably for a night or two - and have a good book to read and a flashlight as well.


Grand Falls Guy
Where is global Warming...that is so sad. weather is not only weather, it is extreme weather. Here in NB, we had one day of snow, then 2 days of heavy rain and wind, Flood level is on watching in some cities. France is having a nightmare and even UK got snow when they barely have a cm each year.After London, now it is Sarnia, Patience folks, Summer is far but it is coming...God bless those stock on the road and the police)...


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