News release

Ice Storm Clean-up: January 2 – City of Mississauga Operations

Local government | January 2, 2014

The City of Mississauga continues to respond and clean up from the impacts of the ice storm on December 22, 2013.

Please Use Caution and Be Safe: We are asking everyone to use caution when using sidewalks due to downed trees and falling branches. Please also use caution in City parks and on trails. Take an alternate route to school or work if necessary.

Report Damage
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.

Mayor’s Statement – January 2, 2014
Mayor McCallion thanks residents and businesses and acknowledges those who played a significant role in responding to both the power outages and the tree clean-up that followed the December 22, 2013 ice storm.

Roads and Sidewalks
All City roads have been cleared of tree debris. Damaged branches may still fall and block lanes but they will be quickly removed by emergency crews. Clearing of debris from City sidewalks continues; target for completion is January 5.

Please note: weather conditions may alter our operations.

City Facilities
All City facilities including Woodhurst Outdoor Rink are open.

Warming  Centre
The warming centre at the Civic Centre continues to be open for residents due to the extreme weather conditions; please report to Corporate Security in the Great Hall.

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 all treed areas. Pathways will require some time to clear.

Tree Debris
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 has been 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. The cutting and removal of trees and related debris is a specialised skill and we encourage residents to hire a professional arborist to do the work for them and to ensure safety.

Learn more about the City’s forestry program.

In order to assist residents with the removal of excess wood and brush debris, the Region of Peel will begin collecting small bundles of wood and brush from the curb beginning January 13 on regularly scheduled collection days. Bundles of wood and brush must not exceed 1.2 m (4ft.) and 76 cm (30 in.) in diameter and weigh no more than 20 kg (44 lbs.) to ensure collector safety.

Residents may take debris to Regional Community Recycling Centres.  For more information on yard waste, please visit the Region of Peel’s website.

Special message to Malton-area residents/businesses
The Canadian Food and Inspection Agency (CFIA) has established a regulated area in parts of the cities of Mississauga and Toronto to prevent the spread of the Asian long-horned beetle.  The regulated area includes sections of the Malton community.  This prohibits residents and businesses from moving any firewood, branches or other materials out of the regulated area unless authorized by the CFIA. Further details of the regulated area can be found by viewing the map on the CFIA’s website.

Please note fallen trees and branches in the Asian long-horned beetle quarantine area of Malton must remain on site. Starting on January 2, 2014, residents and tree contractors can drop off storm damage tree debris from this regulated area at: 2699 Drew Road (north of Derry Road East and east of Torbram Road) Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (until further notice).

The City is sending a notice to residents and businesses as well as using mobile signs for information in the Asian long-horned beetle quarantine area.


You can find out about current power outages in and around your area by visiting Enersource and viewing their live outage map or by calling 905-273-9050. You can report a power outage to Enersource.

Natural Gas
Call Enbridge Gas Distribution if you smell gas or to report an emergency such as a damaged pipe or meter or visit their website.  If you need a natural gas appliance to be relit after power is restored, please contact a heating contractor.  You can find a listing of service providers online.

Credit Valley Conservation Authority
All CVC parks are closed except for Island Lake due to damage from the ice storm.  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 the Credit Valley Conservation Authority’s website 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 the Region of Peel’s website.

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.

Media Contact
Laurel Schut
Supervisor, Public Relations