“No warnings, people will be charged”

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“No warnings, people will be charged”



Belleville Police say there will be no warnings, as they continue to charge people for driving around barricades in sections of the city that are closed because of flooding problems.

More than two dozen tickets have been handed out since the enforcement entered a new stage over the weekend.

Deputy Chief of the Belleville Police Service Mike Callahan says it's a clear safety issue and they are taking it very seriously.

"There will be no warnings, and people will be charged (if they drive around the barriers). It is illegal to drive on a closed roadway. We are 100 percent committed to this issue."

City officials are also asking pedestrians to respect the barriers.

Callahan says there could easily be debris or bacteria in the water, and it could also be concealing ditches which could create drowning hazards for smaller children.

Several roads at the South end of Belleville are now closed because of flooding issues.

On Monday, that list of areas expanded to include Victoria Park and the Bayshore Waterfront Trails.

Belleville's emergency management control group is meeting again on Tuesday afternoon (at 2 pm).

Callahan says they have been meeting every day and people are actually monitoriing the water every 1-4 hours in many cases.

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