Update on response to storm and priorities

December 22, 2013


From a message from our General Manager of Public Works

Public Works road and Downtown maintenance crews have worked all night to make the roads and right of ways passable. It has been extremely challenging as they have been fighting against the continued storm all through the night. As soon as salt is put down, additional precipitation has diluted it. However, they are persisting. The current state of the roads is that the mains and secondary routes are wet and passable, but will require continued monitoring and application of material. Sidewalk crews have also been out, but are struggling to keep up and making a difference given the nature of this right of way (ie. lack of traffic, pressure and latent surface temperature). Time permitting, road crews will go into residential areas to put down some salt/sand but this is proving challenging in some areas as low hanging trees are preventing trucks from getting down streets.

Main concern now is Hydro outages (blown transformers) and hazard situation with our Urban Forest. Ice accretion has had a significant impact and the heavier load is causing trees to fail. We have approximately 30 calls of trees/limbs on roads and houses. As per the storms in April and July, staff are prioritizing our clean up efforts. First priority is to assist Guelph Hydro where we can. Second priority is to clear roads so that Polic and Fire & Emergency Services can gain access if necessary. Third priority is opening access to residential homes from

Our staff are asking that If you do not need to travel, please stay off roads and sidewalks.

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