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Saturday, December 10, 2022

Most of Peterborough city and county still without power Monday

Most people living in Peterborough city and county woke up Victoria Day to a third day without power.

A sudden storm with rain and winds of up to 130 kilometers per hour tore through Ontario Saturday, causing widespread damage. Three people in the Peterborough area were killed by falling trees.

The city issued an update at noon Monday, noting that city facilities will be closed Tuesday to avoid non-essential traffic and that work to restore power continues.

“While power has started to be restored in some parts of the city, many areas are still without power as of midday (Monday) and many traffic signals at intersections remain without power, creating four-way stops that can cause traffic congestion and delays for emergency services when responding to calls,” the statement reads.

To report a downed power line call Hydro One at 1-800-434-1235 or report it online at https://www.hydroone.com/.

Fallen trees

City crews are working to remove debris and the city notes that recreational areas are the lowest priority, recommending caution in parks and playgrounds.

As the cleanup continues, the city will collect fallen branches and other tree debris.

“When resources allow, the city will be providing its regular green waste collection. Unlimited quantities of yard waste can be put out for collection when it is in reusable containers that are labeled, bushel baskets or paper yard waste bags with the following requirements:

  • Each bag and container needs to weigh less than 22 kilograms (50 pounds) and be shorter than one meter (three feet);
  • Brush can be tied in bundles weighing not more than 22 kilograms (50 pounds), with a length of up to one meter (three feet) and a diameter of up to 30.5 centimeters (12 inches).

“With the significant volume of material from trees on public and private properties, green waste collection will take time,” the city states.

Refrigerators

Peterborough Public Health reminds people that food in an unplugged refrigerator will go bad after 12 to 24 hours and could be unsafe to eat.

The Peterborough Public Health information is posted at peterboroughpublichealth.ca.

Electronics

The Healthy Planet Arena and Peterborough Sport and Wellness Center will be open from 8 am to 8 pm on Monday and Tuesday for people to charge electronic devices and mobility aids. People should bring their own charging cables.

Education

The Kawartha Pine Ridge District School board stated Monday that the situation at local public schools will be reviewed and information will be shared with families later Monday.

social media

By late morning some social media users were reporting from different parts of the city that their residential power was back on.

Some businesses were able to open Sunday. Users of the social media site Reddit shared details with one another (unconfirmed by The Examiner), as did Twitter and Facebook users.

Most businesses are closed Monday for the Victoria Day holiday regardless of the blackout.

Outage status

In the county, Bridgenorth has power — with long lines of cars Sunday as people bought gas and other items — and other areas have had their electricity restored.

Hydro One reports that 360,000 customers have had their power restored since the storm hit Saturday, with another 226,000 still without.

“Damage includes at least 800 broken poles, and just as many downed power lines, along with countless trees and large branches causing power outages. In the Ottawa area, four transmission towers were toppled by the storm and Hydro One crews are building a temporary bypass to restore power,” the utility states on its Storm Center website.

“Hydro One is mobilizing crews from other parts of the province along with employees from other utilities and contractors to descend on the hardest-hit areas of central and eastern Ontario to assist with restoration efforts. Restoration efforts are expected to continue for two to three days before power is restored to all customers.”

The Hydro One website includes a map showing outages in the Peterborough area. The utility also has a free app, as noted in the statement on the Storm Center site: “Customers can report their outage by texting 92887 (WATTS), online, through the company’s outage map and app, or by calling 1-800-434 -1235. An estimated time of restoration will be assigned to each outage as damage is assessed.”

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