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Ice Storm Update: 1 p.m. December 28 - City of Mississauga Operations

Dec 28, 2013

The City of Mississauga continues to provide updated information on ongoing impacts and the City's response to the ice storm.  Enersource reports no significant power outages in the City of Mississauga.  All City roads have been cleared of tree debris except for 10-15 streets remaining that are partially blocked with tree debris and our priority will be to clear these roads for full access.  City facilities are open and will be operating under a holiday hours schedule.  Warmer temperatures today will mean increased risk of falling ice.  Residents are asked to watch for falling branches around trees and falling ice around buildings.

We are also asking everyone to use caution in City parks and around play structures due to downed trees and falling branches.  City crews, together with contractors continue to remove tree debris from City sidewalks, to ensure full vehicle and pedestrian access and safety by January 5th.  
 
Tree Debris
Residents are asked to please keep debris from privately owned trees on their property.  Please do not bring debris from private trees to the curb.  The City and the Region are working together to assess how to best address the debris and the magnitude of the clean-up.
 
Trees on private property are the responsibility of the property owner.  For larger trees and debris, it is recommended that a professional private tree contractor be called in for clean-up.   City crews cannot go onto private property to clear private trees that have fallen on private property.
 
The City of Mississauga’s Private Tree Protection By-Law 254-12 will be temporarily suspended for trees damaged as a consequence of the recent ice storm. Homeowners can cut or remove structurally unsound trees on their own private property without a permit until further notice. Please use a professional arborist to ensure safety.
 
Residents may take debris to Regional Community Recycling Centres.  For more information on yard waste, please visit the Region of Peel’s website. Find out more about the City’s forestry program at www.mississauga.ca/portal/residents/urbanforestry.
 
If you live in the Asian long-horned beetle quarantine area of Malton, (see map on CFIA website at:  www.inspection.gc.ca/about-the-cfia/newsroom/news-releases/2013-12-03/eng/1386096220998/1386096232915), City crews and private contractors will dispose of debris in the prescribed manner. All debris material in this area should remain on site until such time as disposal locations can be identified.  Do not take this wood out of the Federal quarantine area.
 
Parks/Pathways/Playgrounds
Most playgrounds across the City are accessible but they may be ice covered. Some cannot be accessed because of blocked pathways.
There are many park pathways blocked by downed trees or large branches.  Branches continue to come down in parks and residents are asked to use caution in areas of heavily downed trees.  Pathways will require some time to clear.

Warming Centre
The warming centre at the Civic Centre continues to be open for residents; please report to Corporate Security in the Great Hall.
 
Closures
Kariya Park
Woodhurst Outdoor Rink (until Monday, Dec.30th)
Culham Trail

Winter Maintenance
Salting and snow removal on priority roads and sidewalks will occur as required; please visit our Winter Maintenance page for further updates.
 
Facilities
Churchill Meadows Library and Activity Centre reopened on December 28, 2013.  Residents are asked to please call ahead before visiting facilities or visit our Recreation and Parks page for further updates.
 
Holiday Hours
A list of City services and hours of operation for the closure period can be found on the  2013/2014 Christmas and Holiday Hours schedule. City of Mississauga administrative offices close at noon on Tuesday, December 24, 2013. They will reopen on Thursday, January 2, 2014.

Reporting Damage – During Holiday Hours
Residents are asked to call 311 or 905-615-3000 to report damaged or fallen City trees such as those on boulevards and in parks, or for other emergency calls regarding Animal Services, Parking Enforcement, Roads, Sidewalks, Traffic, Flooding, Forestry and other emergency City services. Open 24/7 from noon on December 24 to 8 a.m. on January 2.

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; after hours, call 1-800-215-8505.  Visit www.creditvalleyca.ca  for more information.
 
Region of Peel Services
Statement by Emil Kolb, Chair of the Region of Peel, Regarding Service responses to the Ice Storm.
For information and updates about water services or waste collection, call the Region of Peel directly at 905-791-9499 or call 311 and press option 1.  You can also visit www.peelregion.ca
 
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.
 
Thank you to residents, businesses and community partners for your patience as we work towards recovery from the ice storm.  See Mayor's Statement - Ice Storm December 23, 2013: statement
 
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.

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Media Contact:
Catherine Monast
Senior Communications Advisor
Transportation and Works
City of Mississauga
905-615-3200 ext. 5046
catherine.monast@mississauga.ca
TTY: 905-896-5151
 
 

 

 






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