Town of Caledon – Storm Update – December 30, 2013

NEWS RELEASE – DECEMBER 30, 2013

[online version: http://www.caledon.ca/news%5D

Town of Caledon – Storm Update – December 30, 2013

Power restored, the Town of Caledon moves to the next phase of storm response

The Town of Caledon was severely affected by the recent ice storm but as of today power has been restored to virtually all customers in Caledon, with Hydro One reporting only 1-2 minor incidents, each with fewer than 20 customers. While crews from Town of Caledon Public Works and Parks and Recreation continue to work on clearing debris, the last remaining warming centre at the Bolton Fire Station has been closed as of 8:30 a.m. today (Monday, December 30, 2013).

“This community pulled together in typical fashion,” said Mayor Marolyn Morrison. “Neighbours helped neighbours and Town staff responded heroically. We were probably the hardest hit community in all of Ontario. And now our focus is on doing what needs to be done to repair damage and clean up from this storm.”

Mayor Morrison participated with her Region of Peel colleagues in a conference call today to review the effects of the storm and prepare a coordinated response.

“There is a lot of work to be done,” Mayor Morrison said, “but we agreed on the need to work together and clearly communicate to residents what action will be taken to respond to this extraordinary situation.”

Region of Peel Response to Storm

The Region of Peel will be collecting regular garbage, recycling and green waste using its published collection schedule. On their scheduled collection day, from Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 to Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, residents may place unlimited quantities of acceptable waste at the curb. No garbage tags will be required for this period only.

In order to assist residents with the removal of excess wood and brush debris, the Region will begin collecting small bundles of wood and brush from the curb beginning January 13, 2014 on regularly scheduled collection days. Bundles of wood and brush must not exceed 1.2 m (4ft.) and 76 cm (30 in.) in diameter and weigh no more than 20 kg (44 lbs.) to ensure collector safety.

Residents and contractors can also drop off yard waste, bundles of wood and brush at any one of the Regional Community Recycling Centres; fees will be waived.

For more information please visit the Region of Peel website.

Trees

The Town of Caledon continues to receive reports regarding downed trees and branches on public and private property. Now that the majority of trees have been removed from major roadways, staff is working on responding to these reports on a priority basis. The Town is currently focusing on clearing trees that pose a hazard to obstructed sidewalks, driveways, and other safety-related situations.

Residents should expect delays in clearing non-hazardous fallen trees and branches at this time. Please remain cautious when walking, and when possible avoid woodlots, trails, parks and open spaces until the situation has been mitigated.

• Trees on Hydro Lines — If there are any trees impacting hydro lines, please contact Hydro One at 1.800.434.1235. Please note that the Town cannot remove any trees that are impacted by Hydro lines until the danger has been removed.
• Public Trees — The Town of Caledon is committed to working quickly to remove fallen trees and limbs from Town property. If there is a fallen boulevard tree (between the road and sidewalk) please contact the Region of Peel After Hours Line at 1.800.563.7881 to report.
• Private Trees — For privately owned trees, residents are encouraged to contact a local arborist to assess the situation. Residents are asked to please refrain from moving privately owned tree debris onto the curb.

Additional Information

• Please call Hydro One at 1-800-434-1235 to report any new power outages.
• Parks and Recreation facilities are operating on a holiday schedule. Visit http://www.caledon.ca/recreation for more information.
• Town Hall is currently closed for the holiday season, re-opening Thursday, January 2, 2014.

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