January 3, 2013
Burlington Ice Storm Update
It’s been nearly two weeks since the ice storm that caused severe damage to trees and property hit our community, causing an extended power outage for many, and damage our tree canopy. Now that power has been restored we have shifted our focus to the clean up operation and post-storm debrief.
Brush and Branch Collection Program
Our staff have surveyed the entire city and have mapped the locations where there are fallen trees and branches. City and contract staff will be going out for the next few weeks removing any hanging limbs and chipping the trees and branches that have come down as a result of the storm. Almost every street in the city has a broken limb or a brush pile to be removed.
Over the coming weeks, the City of Burlington and Halton Region will be collecting brush and branches.
Residents are asked to help by:
- Pile smaller branches curb side with a maximum of 7.5 centimeters (3 inches) in diameter and 2 meters (6.5 feet) in length. Regional collection will be on the same day as garbage collection, from January 6 – 31, 2014 in designated urban areas.
- Place larger brush, stacked with cut ends piled together curb side by January 12, 2014. Please keep branches and brush off sidewalks and roads. Brush will be picked up once on all city streets over the next few weeks, beginning in areas hardest hit by the storm.
- Drop off branches and brush at Lowville Park (6207 Guelph Line) daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. until January 31, 2014.
- Drop of brush debris at the Halton Waste Management site, free of charge, until January 31, 2014.
The city has also set up two drop-off stations where residents can drop off brush and wood:
- Lowville Park (6207 Guelph Line) parking lot. This station will remain open until January 31.
- Ella Foote Hall (2175 Blessington St.) until this Sunday, January 5 2014 at 5 p.m.
The drop-off sites are staffed daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be either a loader or a backhoe at each location to assist with debris.
For more information, please call the City of Burlington at 905-333-6166 or visit www.burlington.ca
Halton Region is lifting the three-bag limit for garbage pick-up, allowing households to place as much as six bags of garbage for collection on their scheduled collection day until January 31, 2014. Brush debris will also be picked up on the same day as garbage from January 6-31, 2014 in designated urban areas.
For rural areas, Halton Region is coordinating additional resources for this service with more details to come. Please check the Halton Region website.
Until January 31 2014, residents and contractors can also drop off brush debris at the Halton Waste Management site free of charge. For questions related to waste and/or brush debris collection, please contact the Region by dialing 311 or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ice Storm Debrief
Along with the clean up operations, staff and senior management from the Region, the City, Burlington Hydro and City Council will be meeting in the next two weeks for an ice storm debrief.
We acknowledge that the ice storm brought to light some gaps in our communications infrastructure that need to be addressed. Staff will be looking closely at this and preparing a report for Council with recommendations on what we need to do to improve our ability to deal with emergency situations in the future.
We will also be looking at the necessity for tree trimming in North Burlington. We will work on this as we review the operating budget in the coming weeks and months to ensure we have the appropriate resources
A Word of Thanks
I want to take this opportunity to once again thank the residents who were affected by the storm for their patience and resilience in coping with a very difficult situation.
And I also would like to acknowledge and recognize publicly the City, Regional and Hydro staff, management and crews, the staff and volunteer fire fighters from Kilbride, the other municipal hydro crews from Oakville, Waterloo North and Cambridge, and the resident volunteers for your tremendous efforts, unwavering cooperation, and deep commitment in response to the ice storm.
This group of people worked under difficult circumstances to re-energize residents, clear fallen trees to provide hydro crew access and keep roads and sidewalks accessible and safe, maintain warming centres, going ‘door to door’ to inform people of impromptu meetings, assist the elderly, deliver generators, and answer numerous service calls.
During this difficult situation I witnessed firsthand the true heart and spirit of our community as neighbours reached out to neighbours. While I am not surprised, I am always inspired and impressed as this selfless community spirit is what makes Burlington such a great community to share.
So to all of you, on behalf of your City Council, sincere thanks and appreciation.
Rick Goldring, Mayor