Mayor’s Statement – Ice Storm

Dec 22, 2013

The City is continuing to deal with the effects of the ice storm that began yesterday evening.  I’d like to thank residents who have cooperated and stayed off the roads.  Please continue to take extreme caution if you are out in the city.

All City staff have been on the job throughout this event to ensure the safety of our citizens. Forestry crews will continue to attend to priority areas where trees are blocking access to roadways and proving to be unsafe.  Their priority is to ensure roads accessible to emergency vehicles. It will take time to remove fallen tree debris on the streets so please be patient.

Use extreme caution around trees as branches will continue to break unexpectedly.

The City has warming centres at the Civic Centre (300 City Centre Drive) and the Meadowvale Community Centre (6655 Glen Erin Dr.) available for those who may not have heat.  They are open overnight until tomorrow noon.

We will be cleaning up from this storm for some time.  I’d like to ask for your patience as we work to restore power and City services that have been disrupted.   Please visit our website at www.mississauga.ca or follow us on Twitter for updates or contact our 3-1-1 Citizen Contact Centre.

HAZEL McCALLION, C.M., LL.D.
Mayor
City of Mississauga

 

Ice Storm Update: 10 p.m. – City of Mississauga Operations

Dec 22, 2013

The City of Mississauga is working as quickly as possible to address the damage from fallen trees and issues resulting from the recent ice storm.  Residents are asked to be careful if heading out this evening or tomorrow morning.  Icy conditions will continue to be dangerous.  Watch for falling branches around trees and for falling ice around buildings.

New: Lake Wabukayne Park is closed due to hydro lines down across pathways, as well as icy conditions and falling tree branches.

Warming Centres Open at Civic Centre and Meadowvale Community Centre
Locations: 300 City Centre Drive and 6655 Glen Erin Drive
Warming Centres are open this evening for residents who are without power as a place to stay warm and sleep. They will remain open until noon tomorrow.

Fallen Trees and Tree Limbs
There are a significant number of fallen trees and tree limbs down throughout the city. Crews are working as quickly as possible. The focus right now is on priority roads and routes to allow for emergency access. Residents are asked to please be safe and stay clear of fallen trees, limbs and power lines.  Find out more about the City’s urban forestry program at http://www.mississauga.ca/portal/residents/urbanforestry.

Reporting Damage – 311
Residents are asked to call 311 to report damage to or fallen City trees.  Residents can also email urban.forestry@mississauga.ca to report incidents of non-emergencies regarding City-owned trees on public property.

Facilities
Due to intermittent power outages, residents are asked to please call the facility or 311 ahead to ensure facilities are open and operating

Power Outages

You can find information on power outages at www.enersource.com or by calling 905-273-9050.  Please be aware that they are experiencing a high volume of calls.  You can report a power outage at www.enersource.com/Pages/index.aspx

Natural Gas

Call Enbridge Gas Distribution if you smell gas or to report an emergency such as a damaged pipe or meter visit www.enbridgegas.com/footer/customer-service-updates.aspx.  If you need a natural gas appliance to be relit after power is restored, please contact a heating contractor. You can find service providers online at www.enbridgegas.com/contact-us/index.aspx.

Waterways

The Credit Valley Conservation Authority is urging caution around waterways due to icy conditions and potential flooding.  Call 905-670-1615 to report a flood; afterhours, call 1-800-215-8505.  Visit www.creditvalleyca.ca for more information.

Information and Updates
We will continue to post updates on our website (www.mississauga.ca), Twitter and Facebook.  For general emergency information and for information on how to find out about the storm’s effects on other communities in the GTA and Ontario, visit www.ontario.ca/law-and-safety/emergency-information.

As Canada’s sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 741,000 residents and 55,000 businesses, including 63 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major divisional head offices. A diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality located on the shores of Lake Ontario in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, Mississauga is “Leading Today for Tomorrow” by focussing on delivering services, implementing its Strategic Plan, delivering value for money and maintaining infrastructure.