Hard day after storm in Ottawa, Outaouais and eastern Ontario

As of around 9 p.m. Sunday, some 60,000 Hydro-Quebec customers in the Outaouais region were still without power. However, several thousand users were reconnected overnight. At the height of the storm, nearly 120,000 customers did not have power in their homes.

At the same time, on the Ottawa side, more than 170,000 Hydro Ottawa subscribers were in the dark.

The general director of the protective and emergency services of the city of Ottawa, Kim Ayotte, also indicated in a press conference on Sunday at the end of the day that the operations to restore the electrical supply to the various sectors of the city could take two to four days.

On the streets of Ottawa, Outaouais and eastern Ontario, the damage is extensive: trees have been uprooted and roofs torn off.

The municipalities worked intensely on Sunday to mobilize all their resources in favor of the citizens affected by the violent storms.

This white car was crushed by a tree on Saturday night in Ottawa.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Rosalie Sinclair

emergency shelters

On the Ottawa side, the City has opened several emergency reception centers to offer, among other things, access to restrooms, air conditioning, and electricity to recharge electronic devices. The Carleton Heights Community Center and the Cardelrec (Goulbourn) Recreation Complex have been open since 10 a.m. Sunday.

The Plant Recreation Center at 930 Somerset Street West is also available for residents affected by the thunderstorms.

During Sunday, the City Council announced the opening of additional sites in the territory. The François-Dupuis Recreation Center, located at 2263 Portobello Boulevard, the Centennial Howard-Darwin Arena, at 1765 Merivale Street, and the Hunt Club-Riverside Park Community Center, at 3320 Paul-Anka Drive, are available residents.

People affected by the storms may also go to the Richmond Arena, 6095 Perth Street, the JA-Dulude Arena, 941 Clyde Avenue, or the Bernard-Grandmaître Arena, at 309 McArthur Avenue in the Vanier Sector.

Mayor Jim Watson visited the Cardelrec complex in Stittsville on Sunday. In an interview with Radio-Canada, he said he understood the exasperation of his fellow citizens, who long for the power supply to be restored. However, they will have to be patient.

It will take two or three days for power to be restored to everyone. »

a quote from Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa

For now, the priority is to remove trees from streets where there are emergencies for ambulances, police and firefighters.he explained, mentioning that there were no plans to declare a state of emergency at the moment.

Mayor Jim Watson traveled to Stittsville on Sunday morning to meet with residents affected by the storms.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Rosalie Sinclair

Between 3 pm Saturday and 11 am Sunday, the Ottawa Police Service (OPS) was deployed to respond to some 2,400 calls. Police said they received three times as many 911 calls as usual on Saturday.

In Gatineau, the 041 high school, under construction, was not spared Saturday’s storm.

Photo: Radio-Canada/Charles Lalande

On the Gatineau side, Mayor France Bélisle did not grant an interview because she is in her chalet, according to her press officer. However, she spoke out through social networks. She said that all municipal facilities for essential public services are working.

Some recreational facilities may be closed today due to weather conditions. [météorologiques], she said. At the same time, the City of Gatineau announced the closure of five sports centers in the region.

France Bélisle also informed Gatineau residents that the technical difficulties of the 311 are now a thing of the past.

Watch out for food poisoning

While power outages have lasted more than 24 hours in some areas, food in the refrigerator and freezer could lose its freshness and pose a risk of food poisoning if eaten. For any failure of more than six hours, a classification of the food is essential, warned the CISS of the Outaouais on Sunday.

We want people to pay attention to food. […] There are certain foods such as dairy, meat and fish that must be kept at the right temperature and that can pose a health risk if consumed.said Dr. Camille Paquette, a public health physician at the CISS of the Outaouais.

Record winds for the region

Gusts on Saturday reached 120 km/h at Ottawa International Airport, according to Environment Canada. The last time the winds were this strong was in 1962.

During the night from Saturday to Sunday, the City of Ottawa informed the public that it was in further intervention after the heavy storm.

Multiple reports of power outages, property damage, and downed trees, particularly in the areas of Navan, Stittsville, Merivale Y hunting clubwere madereads a press release sent at 1:35 am

The City Council has ensured that it mobilizes all the necessary resourcesthat is, police, firefighters, paramedics and other municipal services.

The motorist’s journey ended when a utility pole fell on his car Saturday in Ottawa.

Photo: Canadian Press/Justin Tang

On the Gatineau side, public relations officers from the Gatineau Police Service (SPVG) mentioned receiving many calls in the Gatineau, Masson-Angers, and Buckingham sectors, particularly about traffic lights that are no longer working, poles broken, and trees lying in the streets.

On the other hand, the SPVG he said he had nothing to report in the Hull and Aylmer sectors.

The National Capital Commission (NCC) issued a notice overnight from Saturday to Sunday that there are several trees on the ground or dangerous in Gatineau Park. the ICON therefore, he asked people to avoid the area while crews clean up.

The South Sector boardwalks are closed for cleaning until further notice.

Also in Outaouais, the City of Chelsea invites residents affected by the storm to go to the Meredith Center, located at 23 Cecil Road, to refuel drinking water, shower and recharge their electronic devices.

Four deaths linked to the storm in the region

The storm killed ten people in total, nine in Ontario and one in Quebec.

In the Federal Capital region, police forces confirmed the death of three people on Saturday and a fourth on Sunday.

In Gatineau, a 51-year-old woman lost her life in the Ottawa River, in the Masson-Angers sector, after her boat capsized. Her death was confirmed that night by the SPVG. Another person on the boat was injured.

In Ottawa, a 59-year-old man died after being struck by a tree at the Canadian Golf and Country Club.

A 44-year-old man was also killed after being struck by a tree, this time in Renfrew County.

An 80-year-old woman, Gail Greene, died Sunday afternoon when she was struck by a tree near the town of Lanark.

Four other people lost their lives in Ontario on Saturday during the storm due to falling trees: a 64-year-old Cornish woman who died in Peterborough, a 60-year-old woman in Brampton, a 74-year-old woman in Port Hope as well as one person in the Waterloo region.

Two women survey the damage after the storm.

Photo: Canadian Press/Justin Tang

State of Emergency in Eastern Ontario

In eastern Ontario, the city of Clarence-Rockland provided an update at 10 a.m. the extreme weather event that affected the municipality and the state of emergency declared on Saturday at 8 pm

The Clarence Creek Arena is open to citizens in need of shelter, water or electricity. The Red Cross is on the spot. A helpline has been set up: dial 613 446-6022, then immediately press 0 to talk to an employee.

Video captured Saturday afternoon in Hawkesbury by journalist Denis Babin :

In eastern Ontario, Hawkesbury also had to weather the storm and its aftermath.

Photo: Radio Canada / Denis Babin

With information from Frédéric Pepin, Emmanuelle Poisson and Rosalie Sinclair

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