I’d like to open by wishing everyone a Happy Easter and hope that you and your friends/families were able to come together to celebrate the beginning of spring. It’s hard to imagine that just a few short weeks ago we were hit with a devastating ice storm given the weather we’ve been able to enjoy since.
That said, we’re keenly aware of the impact that the our neighbourhood felt as a result of the storm. The damage to the trees in our neighbourhood, as well as the loss of hydro which extended for 3-4 days for parts of our neighbourhood. I’ve followed up with Ottawa Hydro and while it appears that improvements to “harden” the network are planned for this fiscal year, there are no specifics for our neighbourhood at this time. I was reminded however, that we can help prevent damage to the power lines that service our neighbourhood by submitting a non-electrical service request online or by contacting Hydro Ottawa by telephone (613-738-6400) if there’s a branch that’s overhanging/encroaching on our power lines.
In addition, I would encourage you to read the technical information article we’ve prepared on emergency preparedness and take action to ensure the resilience of your own household in advance of any future event.
For those of you who are still cleaning up after the storm, it looks like the city will be making a cleanup pass in our area this weekend/over the next couple weeks. As a silver lining for those of us who are looking for woodchips/mulch for our gardens, the city has a number of depots where residents can help themselves free of charge at the following locations:
- Navan Memorial Centre, 1295 Colonial Road
- Nepean Sportsplex, 1701 Woodroffe Avenue (Minto sports field parking lot, between Minto field and Hamilton baseball diamond)
- Sandy Hill Arena, 60 Mann Avenue (southwest corner, on the fenced-in side of the property)
- Kanata Recreation Complex, 100 Charlie Rogers Place
- Jim Durrell Recreation Centre, 1265 Walkley Road
- Osgoode Arena, 5660 Osgoode Main Street
- Larry Robinson Arena – 2785 8th Line Road, Metcalfe
- 2145 Roger Stevens Drive
- 4244 Rideau Valley Drive
They note that availability is on a first come, first serve basis. They are also asking anyone coming by to bring their own shovel, gloves, and container for transport and to abide by the safety instructions posted at each site.