Thursday, March 30, 2023

482 Hydro One customers live without electricity in Peterborough County

Hydro One had 482 customers without power in Peterborough County on Monday, mostly in the far northern regions of the county along the Kavartha Lakes, following May 21’s Derecho Hurricane.

Most of them are expected to get power back by the end of Monday or for some of them by the end of Tuesday.

Officials are urging property owners who are without power to unplug as many appliances as possible to avoid a power surge and the possibility of a fire if power is restored.

At the end of the week, power was restored to the remaining customers in the city who had been without electricity for a week.

Hydro One said more than 3,200 customers in the Bancroft area and more than 4,200 in the Tweed area were also without electricity, but most of them were seasonal properties.

Altogether more than 15,000 properties in eastern Ontario were without electricity as of Monday morning.

Hydro Ottawa says 8,000 customers in the National Capital Region are still without electricity.

Power has been restored to approximately 760,000 Hydro One customers and 172,000 Hydro Ottawa customers.

Hydro One employees dealt with more than 1,900 broken poles, countless fallen trees and power lines, and five damaged transmission towers. Hydro One called on employees from out-of-town utilities and contractors to help with power restoration.

Eleven people died in the storm, of which nine died due to falling trees.

Environment Canada said the severe weather included a derecho — a rare widespread thunderstorm associated with thunderstorms — that developed near Sarnia, Ont., and moved northeast across the province, ending in Quebec City.

The location of fallen trees on city streets and public roads can be reported online at or by calling 705-745-1386.


Peterborough County has closed Victoria Park on Water Street in Peterborough to the public until further notice for storm clean-up.

The city closed the city’s parks and trails to the public last week for cleaning. The city’s baseball diamonds and playgrounds are open with Bonnerworth Skatepark and basketball courts on Simcoe and Bethune Streets.

The Warsaw Cave Conservation Area is closed for camping and day use and Otonby Conservation has canceled campsite bookings until 9 June.

The Harold Town Conservation Area is closed for day use while the cleanup of unsafe conditions continues, while Squirrel Creek, Birdsall Wilf Area and Darling Wildlife Area are all closed for evaluation.

The Jackson Creek Trail, the Selwyn Beach Conservation Area and Imagine Marsh are all open and the trails clear, Otonabi Conservation reports.

Beavermead Campground is open to campground; Roads are walkable while cleaning is in progress but some camps are closed.

Access to the Miller Creek Wildlife Area observation tower is open but the loop trail is closed.

Riverview Park and Zoo reopened to the public on Saturday.

temporary green waste drop-off site

The city is providing a temporary green waste drop-off location for trees and brush at 425 Kennedy Road. Starting Saturday and until further notice, with no settlement fees for residents as part of hurricane recovery efforts.

The site is open daily from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm.

According to a city release, residents can bring any trees, brush, leaves and sticks to the temporary drop-off area that were generated by the storm. Other green waste, such as grass clippings and garden waste, will not be accepted at the temporary drop-off site, but may be taken out or taken to a landfill through a regular curbside green waste collection program.

The temporary green waste drop-off site will not accept any other type of storm-generated waste, including construction materials and food waste.

To access the temporary Green West drop-off site, residents are asked to enter from River Road South as Highway 7/115 reduces to a single lane in the area next to the location.

There may be wait times at the temporary Green West drop-off site depending on traffic volume.

regular green waste curbside collection program

There is no limit to the amount of green waste that can be placed on curbs; However, it must be kept within guidelines on size and weight to allow employees to handle the material. Due to the high volume of material, collection may be delayed.

Green waste includes brush, branches, hedge and tree trimmings, grass clippings, leaves, house and garden plants, trimmings, and small amounts of sod (within weight limits).

All brush and branches should be bundled up to one meter (three feet) in length and 30 cm (12 in) in diameter, weighing no more than 23 kg (50 lb). Oversized items cannot be loaded into the collection vehicle.

Stumps, soil and stones are not accepted through the collection of green waste.

As an alternative to curbside collection, the city accepts green waste into the Bainsfort landfill for a fee of $7 for 100 kilograms or less of material, or $95 per ton for a full load.

Garbage and recycling collection

Again this week, the city is adjusting its garbage collection guidelines to allow for each household to have an extra garbage bag or an extra garbage can (elevator) for collection, limits to accommodate perishable disposal. has been increased from two to three. food due to power failure.

There is a lift:

  • 1 plastic garbage bag no more than 66 cm by 90 cm and a maximum weight of 23 kg (50 lb);
  • 1 trash can with side handles and lids cannot exceed 125 liters (30 gallons) and be 23 kg (50 lb) in weight; either
  • 1 item is less than 1 m (3 ft) in length and 23 kg (50 lb) in weight.

Peterborough residents can also take waste directly to the landfill at 1260 Bainsfort Road. During operating hours on weekdays, standard tipping charges apply from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

While garbage collection limits are adjusted for hurricane response, the city asks residents to please set aside reusable materials before throwing food waste out. There is no limit to the amount of recyclables that can be put up for collection each week. The recyclable material can also be taken to the recycling depot on Pido Road at no charge 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Access to charging stations and showers

For anyone who needs a shower, the city is offering shower facilities at the Sport & Wellness Center on Breeley Drive. Individuals should ask to use the shower to gain access to the facilities at the facility.

For those looking to charge electronic devices and electronic mobility aids, the following locations are available to charge the devices during their regular operating hours:

  • Peterborough Public Library
  • Peterborough Sport and Wellness Center

  • Peterborough Museum and Archives

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