Severe Weather Update (April 8)

9 04 2023

from Councillor Theresa Kavanagh:

Good evening,
I spent the day visiting with residents throughout the ward, specifically concentrating on those areas that were still without power, Crystal Bay, Glabar Park and McKellar Park.  The Hydro Ottawa outage is at last clear for Bay Ward!  I know this was a longer wait for some communities and I am so happy that they finally have their power restored.
The City’s Public Works team and partners have been working hard the past couple of days, many without a break and in challenging conditions, to support residents.  

As of this morning: 

  • The Forestry team has addressed more than half of the 2250+ calls for service received since Wednesday’s weather event; 
  • The Traffic team has brought nearly 150 traffic signals back online and have emergency generators at all intersections that remain without power; 
  • The curbside waste collection resumed today, allowing many residents with spoiled food to benefit from green bin pick-up; and 
  • The Roads and Parks teams continue to address fallen trees and debris that affect our parks and transportation network, followed-up by concentrated street sweeping.  

Trees, limbs and brush remain a priority. As identified hazards, streets and pathways are cleared, staff and contractors will turn their attention to broken limbs, non-hazardous removals, re-inspections, pruning and brush/wood cleanup.  

Collecting and/or chipping all this debris will be a multi-week effort. 

Here is how residents can help:  

  • Tree cuttings, branches and brush may be placed at the curb for chipping or collection, separate from non-organic waste.  
  • To allow collection, we encourage branches to be tied with twine in bundles of less than 1.2 m (4 ft.) in length and 60 cm (2 ft.) in width, and that bundles or containers weigh no more than 15 kg (33 lb.). Individual branches should be less than 10 cm (4 in.) in diameter. 
  • Larger tree cuttings, branches and brush may be brought to the City’s Trail Waste Facility at no charge until further notice. Otherwise, these may wait, curbside, for chipping or collection by specialized City and contracted crews. There is no need to call 3-1-1 at this time. 

Green Bin Waste:
Residents continue to be encouraged to remove all packaging and leverage the weekly curbside green bin collection for food waste.

For those with more urgent need to dispose of food waste, a large bin will be available at the Trail Waste Facility at no charge from Monday (April 10) to Saturday (April 15).  

For residents who may be food insecure and who are seeking support, you can contact 2-1-1 Ontario where you will be provided with low/no cost options for meals and will be informed of other food security initiatives (based on where you live). Some Food Banks in Ottawa also remain open this weekend (Get Help – Ottawa Food Bank).

My sincere thanks to our City’s Public Works crews and partners who have been working tirelessly over the past three days and to our residents who have been reaching out to check in and support each other.  
Clean-up efforts will continue throughout the City and our community over the next few weeks. Please do not hesitate to contact my office if you have any questions or concerns.
Wishing everyone a good night!  

Theresa Kavanagh
Bay Ward Councillor | Conseillère quartier Baie
City of Ottawa | Ville d’Ottawa



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