Storm cleanup continues

Friday, December 27, 2013 – for immediate release

Storm cleanup continues

Trails and woodlots remain closed until further notice

The Town of Oakville is continuing its operations to clean up from last weekend’s ice storm. While town crews have addressed over 90 per cent of the priority calls related to roads, driveways and hydro wires, work is continuing over the weekend to clear sidewalks and inspect damaged trees. Staff is carefully watching weather conditions as high winds and wet snow could result in further damage to trees and power lines. Currently, ten homes are still without power, mainly due to damage to private equipment. Oakville Hydro is working with the homeowners to restore power as soon as the Electrical Safety Authority approves the repairs.

Due to the risk of falling tree limbs, residents are advised that town trails and woodlots will remain closed until further notice. Park cleanup is scheduled to begin in January after priority calls are completed. It is expected that the cleanup of all damaged trees will take several weeks to complete. Trails will reopen once they have been inspected and any broken or hanging limbs have been removed.

January bulk brush collection

The Town of Oakville and Halton Region will be providing enhanced bulk brush collection services for debris from private trees from January 6 to January 31, 2014. Residents may place bulk brush from with branches a maximum of 7.5 cm (3 in) in diameter and 2 m (6.5 ft) long out on their regular garbage collection day. Larger branches and storm debris can be brought to the Halton Waste Management Site until January 31, 2014 free of charge. If residents are unable to transport their larger branches to the Halton Waste Management Site, town crews will be collecting it during the month of January. Homeowners are asked to try and keep the maximum length of this brush to 2.4 m (approximately 8 ft) and it should be piled separately from smaller brush. Residents requiring this service should email serviceoakville@oakville.ca with their address to assist in coordinating the collection. Please note that this service will be weather permitting as priority will be given to road clearing operations during winter storms.

Stormwater ponds

Residents are reminded that stormwater management ponds are not meant for recreational use. Skating or walking on the ponds is prohibited. Community outdoor rinks are available throughout the town. Visit the outdoor ice rinks page for a list of locations.

Holiday closures

Town Hall is closed until January 2, 2014. Recreational centres, pools and arenas are open. Please visit the holiday hours and closures page for a full listing of holiday hours and information.

Media contact

Jane Courtemanche
Director, Strategy, Policy and Communications
905-845-6601, ext. 3038
jcourtemanche@oakville.ca


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