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Storm Response Update for June 22nd: 

Team Rubicon Departs, the Kennedy Road temporary green-waste drop-off site is now closed, and we remain in a State of Emergency.

We are grateful to the volunteers from Team Rubicon who have now departed Peterborough to assist elsewhere.  Team Rubicon volunteers helped local residents directly with clean-up, used their expertise to advise clean-up plans, and they assisted the city with the removal of downed trees and limbs in our city parks and along the trail system.  Team Rubicon is a not-for-profit organization assisting in disaster and humanitarian crises home and abroad.  You can make a donation or learn more about this ‘Built to Serve’ organization at Team Rubicon.

The State of Emergency remains in effect.  Additional sweeps of the city to pick up storm debris from boulevards is ongoing as downed limbs and trees, from the May 21st storm, are still being brought out to the curb.  The temporary green waste drop-off site at 425 Kennedy Road is now closed.  However, storm debris can still be taken out to the Bensfort Road landfill free of charge until June 30th.   Regular curbside collection of yard waste will continue as usual, with no limits on quantity,  but with size and weight guidelines in place.

A special curbside collection for storm-related green waste, including trees and tree limbs that are beyond the sizes and weights accepted through regular collection, is planned later this season. It is expected to take several weeks before the City can divert resources to cleaning up piles of green waste debris from private property that is placed on City boulevards.

Safety Reminders

Public trees along parks and trails are still being assessed, so please be cautious, especially on windy days, and respect park closures as the work is ongoing.  As storm debris accumulates on boulevards and near the curb,  remember to keep your catch basins clear of storm debris to ensure good drainage and avoid localized flooding.

Storm Response Update June 4:
Team Rubicon has arrived in Peterborough to assist residents with downed trees!

The City of Peterborough welcomes Team Rubicon Canada to Peterborough to assist eligible property owners with tree and green waste clean-up as part of storm recovery efforts following the May 21, 2022 windstorm. 

Team Rubicon Canada is a registered charity and volunteer-based disaster response organization that sends skilled disaster response teams into areas requiring assistance. The teams are made up of Canadian Military veterans, first responders and passionate civilians who have the expertise and specialized equipment to quickly assess damage to properties and put together a safe work plan at no cost to homeowners.

Team Rubicon teams will be deployed in the City of Peterborough for the next few weeks to assist eligible residents with tree and green waste clean-up.

Services are being offered to City of Peterborough residents who own and occupy their property and currently receive the City of Peterborough Property Tax Assistance Program, according to the following qualification following qualifications:

  1. Low Income Senior aged 65 years or older receiving benefits under the Guaranteed Income Supplement or the Guaranteed Annual Income System.
  2. Low Income Senior aged 55-64 with a combined taxable income of less than $30,000 per year.
  3. Low Income Person with a Disability receiving benefits under the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).

Eligible residents who would like assistance from Team Rubicon can complete a request form online at https://arcg.is/iSqOX  or dial 211 to request service by phone. 211 is a 24/7 helpline that assists residents access community, social and government services.

Team Rubicon will only assist with cleanup of tree debris and limbs that are on the ground. They will saw fallen trees, branches and brush that are on the ground into sizes that comply with the City’s Green Waste Collection program wherever possible and move the debris to the curb for Green Waste Collection. Material that exceeds the size or weight for Green Waste Collection may be collected through a Special Green Waste Collection that will take place several weeks later, when the City has the resources available.

Please continue to visit www.peterborough.ca/stormresponse for more information on green waste collection and drop-off information as well as other storm response information.

Please visit https://team-rubicon.ca/ or for more information on Team Rubicon Canada.

Each Team Rubicon team will make arrangements with the property owner to undertake any work on site before work begins. Team Rubicon operates independently from the Corporation of the City of Peterborough.

Storm Response Update May 27- Waste Disposal

A temporary green waste drop-off location for trees and brush resulting from the storm on May 21, 2022 will open at 425 Kennedy Rd. starting on Saturday, May 28, 2022 until further notice with no disposal fees for residents as part of the storm recovery efforts. 

The site is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. 

Residents can bring any trees, brush, leaves and sticks that were generated by the storm to the temporary drop-off area. Other green waste, such as grass clippings and garden waste, will not be accepted at the temporary drop-off site but can be put out through the regular curbside green waste collection program or taken to the landfill. 

The temporary green waste drop-off site will not be accepting any other type of waste generated by the storm, including construction materials and food waste. 

To access the temporary green waste drop-off site, residents are asked to enter from River Road South as Highway 115 is reduced to one lane in the area next to the location. 

There may be wait times at the temporary green waste drop-off site depending on traffic volume. 

May Long Weekend City Storm Response & Recovery

Conditions across our community remain dynamic and many are still without power.  We understand how difficult the disruption to power can be, and thank you for your patience, kindness to your neighbours, and to our city staff who are doing their best to keep essential services operating, and to assist those in need.

For the most up-to-date information please check the City of Peterborough Storm Response at:  Storm Response Updates

To report a downed power line call Hydro One at 1-800-434-1235 or report it online at https://www.hydroone.com/.

Hydro One customers can report their outage by texting 92887 (WATTS), online, through the company’s outage map and app, or by calling 1-800-434-1235. An estimated time of restoration will be assigned to each outage as damage is assessed. Customers can view the current status of their outage here.

Emergency services remind residents to only use 9-1-1 for emergencies – please do not call 9-1-1 for updates on the outage or to report a downed power line.

City Public Works crews are continuing recovery efforts, removing downed trees from streets and sidewalks. Fallen trees that are caught in live power lines have to be left until the power lines are safely addressed. Residents are asked to stay clear of trees that may be damaged as they may be unsafe with limbs that could still fall.

Thank you for pulling together as a community!

Kim

 

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