TORONTO, Dec. 26, 2013 /CNW/ - The City of Toronto is continuing to
provide updated information on ongoing impacts and the City's response
to the ice storm. Toronto's Emergency Operations Centre continues to
support the ongoing response efforts.
Toronto Hydro is reporting that approximately 54,000 customers are now
without power. Hydro crews are continuing to work around the clock to
respond. Additional personnel have now come in from Sault Ste Marie,
Windsor, Ottawa and Manitoba to assist with the restoration efforts.
The City's Emergency Operations Centre has been working closely with
Toronto Police Services, Toronto Hydro, the TTC and TCHC through
door-to-door canvassing to identify vulnerable residents who require
assistance affected by power outages.
There are currently 43 City Forestry crews out today and working closely
with Toronto Hydro. The Forestry crews work to clear downed trees and
fallen branches and facilitate access for hydro crews to work on power
restoration. Additional forestry crews from across the province are
expected to respond and assist Toronto's forestry staff with debris
removal beginning tomorrow.
Toronto Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
Call volumes continue to be higher than normal for Toronto EMS, and
particularly for Toronto Fire Services.
Residents are urged not to operate propane, natural gas or charcoal
barbecues inside as they can create a dangerous carbon monoxide
poisoning hazard if not property vented. Also, do not use a stove or
camping gear for heating your home, as they can similarly create a
carbon monoxide poisoning and burn hazard. Ensure battery backup is
operating for carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. Exercise extreme
caution when using candles.
Community Care Access Centre Clients
Community Care Access Centre clients who use home oxygen and have
concerns can call 310-2222 (no area code required) for assistance. All
others are asked to contact their oxygen supplier for assistance.
Trees, Debris and Removal
Residents are urged to exercise extreme caution and avoid walking under
trees that are covered in ice, particularly in parks, wooded valleys,
and near playgrounds.
City staff from Transportation, Forestry and Solid Waste Management are
working together to address tree debris. Clearing of debris is well
underway on major roadways, with a priority on public safety. Crews are
currently pushing tree debris to the side of the roads to make them
safe and passable, and will focus on residential streets in the coming
days. Work to clear tree debris is expected to continue for
approximately six weeks, weather permitting.
Tree branches that have fallen on private property and are of a
manageable size that can be dragged to the City's right-of-way (i.e.,
to the curb) will be picked up.
Large limb or stem (body) wood from private trees that have fallen on
private property should not be taken to the curb. Property owners
should contact a private contractor to take away this material.
City crews cannot go onto private property to clear private trees that
have fallen on private property.
For residents that live in the Asian long-horned beetle quarantine area
in Etobicoke, the City crews and private contractors will dispose of
this debris in the prescribed manner. Do not take this wood out of the
Federal quarantine area. See more information at www.toronto.ca/trees
Toronto Roads and Traffic
The number of signalized intersections without power continues to
decrease. An estimated 150 traffic signals remain without power.
Transportation Services expects that number will decrease further
today. The City is working closely with Toronto Police to provide
point-duty at intersections that require it. Motorists are reminded to
treat any intersection without functioning signal lights as an all-way
Salting operations continue today on main roads, and collector roads,
local roads and sidewalks, with TTC stops a priority.
Parking consideration will be provided for residents who park on the
street beyond posted times due to limited access to icy driveways.
Food, Water, Warmth and Rest
The City continues to operate locations across the city where vulnerable
residents and those who need assistance can access food, water, warmth
and rest. Pets are welcome. Approximately 850 people were accommodated
Toronto Community Centre locations are as follows:
Dennis R Timbrell Community Centre, 29 St. Denis Dr. (Eglinton/Don
Malvern Community Centre, 30 Sewells Rd. (Neilson/Finch)
Driftwood Community Centre, 4401 Jane St. (between Finch and Steeles)
Mitchell Field Community Centre, 89 Church Ave. (Yonge/Finch)
Joseph P Piccininni Community Centre, 1369 St Clair Ave. W. (St
Matty Eckler Community Centre, 953 Gerrard St. E. (Pape/Gerrard)
Lawrence Heights Middle School, 50 Highland Hill (between Ranee and
Edithvale Community Centre, 131 Finch Ave. W. (between Bathurst and
Pleasantview Community Centre, 545 Van Horne Ave. (between Edmonton and
East York Collegiate Institute, 650 Cosburn Ave. (Coswell/Coxwell)
McGregor Park Community Centre, 2231 Lawrence Ave. E. (Lawrence/Kennedy)
In addition, 13 Toronto Police Service facilities have been identified
as having community rooms available for use 24/7 as warming centres:
Division 11 - 2054 Davenport Road (Davenport/Osler)
Division 12 - 200 Trethewey Drive (Trethewey/Black Creek)
Division 14 - 350 Dovercourt Road (College/Dovercourt)
Division 22 - 3699 Bloor Street West (Bloor West/Dundas West)
Division 23 - 5230 Finch Avenue West (Kipling/Finch)
Division 31 - 40 Norfinch Road (Norfinch/Finch West)
Division 33 - 50 Upjohn Road (York Mills/Don Mills)
Division 42 - 242 Milner Avenue (Milner/Markham)
Division 43 - 4331 Lawrence Ave. E (Lawrence Ave. E/ Kingston Road)
Division 51 - 51 Parliament Street (Front/Parliament)
Division 52 - 255 Dundas Street West (LOBBY ONLY)
Toronto Police Service College - 70 Birmingham Street (Birmingham/Fifth)
Toronto Police Service Headquarters - 40 College Street (College/Bay)
Donations of healthy, non-allergenic, non-perishable foods such as snack
foods and beverages are being accepted at warming centres. Due to food
safety guidelines, the public is asked not to bring home-made food to
the warming/reception centres.
Holiday Waste Pickup
Residents are reminded that this week and next week, curbside collection
on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will move forward one day. This means
that Wednesday collection moves to Thursday, Thursday collection moves
to Friday, and Friday collection moves to Saturday. Changes are
reflected in the residential collection calendar. Due to downed trees
and hydro wires, collection vehicles are not able to reach some areas.
There may also be delays. Residents should leave their materials out
until they are collected. If required, additional collection crews
will work on Monday (not a regularly scheduled collection day).
If you have organic material (food waste) that cannot fit in the Green
Bin, please set it out in a clear plastic bag. Food waste will be
collected on your regularly scheduled collection day.
For more information about when to keep and when to throw out
refrigerated foods, visit http://www.toronto.ca/health/food_safety and click on the power outages link on the bottom of the page.
Preventing Frozen Pipes
If you don't have heat for your home and the temperature drops to well
below freezing, consider leaving a tap open enough for a trickle of
water so there is some movement of water in pipes that might be
vulnerable to freezing.
If you are leaving your home because of no heat, you can shut off the
main service valve in your basement and open your lowest tap to drain
the water out of your plumbing lines to prevent them from freezing.
Please check www.ttc.ca for schedule details and service alerts.
Please check www.gotransit.com for schedule details and service updates.
Outdoor Skating Rinks
For current information and status updates, please see www.toronto.ca/skate.
Toronto Public Libraries
All branches are closed today. Service updates are available at www.torontopubliclibrary.ca.
The City of Toronto would like to extend a sincere thank you to the many
partners who have helped in the aftermath of this storm. This includes
the Province of Ontario and other municipalities that have sent hydro
crews. The City would also like to thank residents who have assisted
our crews by moving tree branches off of the roads and onto boulevards.
Information and advice about emergency preparedness are available at http://www.toronto.ca/oem.
Social Media Updates
For updates during an emergency event and other City of Toronto
information, follow @TorontoComms on Twitter. The City will be using #citystorm when providing updates on the storm.
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American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and
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