Windstorms, flooding hit the Town of Innisfil
Kathy Maklin, right, and her children Darren, 12 and Kayla, 15, pick up branches on Dec. 29, after a tree fell and crushed a trampoline on their Lefroy property. Maklin s husband Doug was under the trampoline on Sunday, Dec. 28, trying to take it down before it was damaged by high winds, when he heard a loud crack and saw the tree fall. Fortunately, he was able to roll out of the way in time. Photo by Ian McInroy.
Record high temperatures and high winds gusting to 100 kmph hit Southern Ontario with a double whammy on December 27 and 28.
The high temperatures melted snow, and the meltwater, in addition to heavy rainfall, resulted in flooding across the region, especially in low-lying areas.
In Innisfil, Belle Ewart was hardest hit, with portions of Ewart St. and Maple Rd. closed due to flooding on December 27 - and still closed to traffic two days later, as town equipment and pumps worked to reduce water levels.
The high winds, heralding the arrival of a cold front, resulted in numerous trees and branches down, and short-lived power outages. Innisfil Hydro was able to quickly restore power - but Hydro One reported over 230,000 customers without power at the peak of the windstorm on Sunday, Dec. 28, including residents of Alliston, and portions of Newmarket. Over 100,000 were still waiting for power to be restored on Monday.