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Media Release EP# 05-22

For Immediate Release: Date: June 17, 2022 Time: 4:00pm 

May 21st Storm Update

The Township of North Kawartha’s Emergency Control Group has continued to meet regularly and communicate with representatives from Hydro, Emergency Management Ontario, various Ministries and local agencies.

Emergency Declaration Status

Due to the tireless work from Hydro One, Municipal Staff, Residents, Contractors, and Volunteers, all roads are now open and/or passable, communication infrastructure has been restored and hydro has been restored to most, if not all, Township residents and businesses. As such, the Township’s ability to provide effective Emergency and Essential Services, is no longer impeded. 

Therefore, based on this information and in consultation with our Emergency Municipal Control Group, the Mayor is declaring the Emergency over, in the Township of North Kawartha. 

However, it is important to note, that this does not mean that everything is back to normal in the Township.  It is abundantly clear that the Township and its residents will continue to have clean up and repairs for months to come.  Residents are reminded to refer to the Storm Debris Management Plan and the Provincial Disaster Recovery Assistance Program information as provided below.

Provincial Disaster Recovery Assistance:

Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians (DRAO) is a Provincial program that can help residents recover costs after a natural disaster. The Province may activate DRAO for damage to private property if there’s a sudden, unexpected natural event, such as a flood or tornado that causes costly and widespread damage. Claims must be made to your insurance company first. The program is not intended to replace insurance coverage. Insurance payments are deducted from eligible costs. Please note that the Minister has not activated the program, therefore, please read the entire document regarding eligibility and the details of the program.

https://www.ontario.ca/page/apply-disaster-recovery-assistance

Debris Management:

Please be reminded that ‘Day Burning’ is not permitted, as per the Municipal by-law, and as the Township of North Kawartha falls within the MNR fire district regulations.

Residents may continue to dispose of storm debris or spoiled food as follows: 

Trees and Tree Limbs (no loose leaves): 

-       Trees (8” in diameter or less) and Tree Limbs may be taken to the following Transfer Stations free of charge:

  • Anstruther Transfer Station at 400 Anstruther Lake Road, Apsley ON, K0L 1A0
  • Haultain Transfer Station at 6879 Highway 28, Woodview ON K0L 3E0 

Stumps cannot be accepted:

-       It is suggested that a stump grinder, tree and/or property maintenance company be contacted for stump removal. 

Loose Leaf and Yard Waste:

-       During the storm recovery period only, all ‘loose leaves’ must be in paper yard waste bags. 

-       Trailers and Trucks full of ‘loose leaves’ cannot be accepted ‘during’ the storm recovery period but will be accepted ‘after’ the storm recovery period. 

Residential Brush and Tree Limbs:

-       May also be taken to Peterborough County Public Works Yards free of charge:

  • Douro Depot - 713 County Rd. 4
  • Havelock Depot – 649 County Rd 46
  • Buckhorn Depot - 2467 County Rd. 36
  • Centreline Depot – 1275 County Rd. 24
  • Millbrook Depot – 1111 County Rd. 10

Trees, Tree Limbs and Brush may also be taken to:

  • Waste Connection Site at 348 County Road 6, Douro Dummer, ON, K0L 2H0 705-652-3505.
    • No bagged yard-waste or loose leaves at this site.
    • Tipping fees will apply. 
  • Bensfort Rd. Landfill Site at 1260 Bensfort Road, Peterborough, ON, K9J 1C5. 705-742-7777 ext. 2150.
    • Tipping fees may apply.  

Food Spoilage:

-       Food Spoilage, in a clear garbage bag, will be accepted at the following Transfer Stations free of charge:

  • Anstruther Transfer Station at 400 Anstruther Lake Road, Apsley ON, K0L 1A0
  • Haultain Transfer Station at 6879 Highway 28, Woodview ON K0L 3E0 

Updates and information will continue to be posted when they become available on the Township website at www.northkawartha.ca.

Also refer to our Emergency Preparedness page, our News page, and our Storm News page.

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Previous Media Releases (by date)
 
June 1, 2022 EP #04-22 Media Release

Media Release EP# 04-22

For Immediate Release: Date: June 1, 2022 Time: 4:00pm 

May 21st Storm Aftermath Update

Hydro Restoration:

The Township of North Kawartha’s Emergency Control Group met again May 30th, and continues to meet, coordinate, and deal with, the resulting storm damage and continuing power outages in the impacted areas.  This Group has been meeting regularly and communicating with representatives from Hydro, Emergency Management Ontario, various Ministries and local agencies.

Hydro One crews continue to work tirelessly through the widespread and significant damage to make repairs, rebuild local electricity infrastructure and restore power to roughly 2,664 Hydro One customers in the Bancroft area (which includes North Kawartha) who are still without power. Due to the severity of damage, some customers in rural, remote and island locations will be without power for several more days, including Jack Lake.

Hydro One has seen a record 1,900 broken poles and the company is working closely with its suppliers to ensure crews have the necessary materials to make repairs.

When rebuilding after a storm, Hydro One prioritizes restoration to bring power back to the greatest number of customers in the shortest period of time. Crews need to repair and rebuild main power lines along with other key pieces of infrastructure before repairs can be made to power lines that serve smaller numbers of customers.

Hydro One recognizes that customers are eager to get more information on the status of their outage and they encourage customers to report and track the status of their outage using the company's outage tools, including its map and app, by texting WATTS (92887) or calling 1-800-434-1235.

Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) property owner responsibility:

In some instances, customers may need to complete repairs on their own electrical equipment before our crews can safely restore power. If there is damage to their home’s electrical equipment, such as the mast or to the wires connected to their home, they will need to hire a licensed electrical contractor to make repairs. Customers can find a licensed electrical contractor through the Electrical Safety Authority. For more details they can visit:

  • ESA Advises Ontario Homeowners to Check for Electrical Damage after May 21st Storm - Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) (esasafe.com)

Please be reminded that when Hydro is restored, to review and follow the Peterborough Public Health Unit advisories regarding food, water, septic systems, pools, hot tubs, and general safety.  Peterborough Public Health

Road Closures:

The Public is advised to please avoid unnecessary travel, specifically in impacted areas.  The following roads in the Township of North Kawartha are still closed or have limited access, as of June 1st:

  • Fire Route 10 Closed, open to local traffic only. Roads, Hydro and Bell will be working there for the remainder of the week.
  • Lasswade Rd. Closed, open to local traffic only while Hydro completes pole and line replacements.
  • If you must travel in these areas use caution around equipment and workers. Make eye contact whenever possible with operators and/or traffic control people.
  • Cheboutequion Drive, Napier Crescent and Hill Crest Rd. have been opened, but proceed with caution as there is still a lot of work taking place, and expect daily temporary closures.
  • Roads crews are cleaning up municipal roads once hydro crews have completed their work. Your patience is greatly appreciated.

Provincial Disaster Recovery Assistance:

Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians (DRAO) is a Provincial program that can help residents recover costs after a natural disaster. The Province may activate DRAO for damage to private property if there’s a sudden, unexpected natural event, such as a flood or tornado that causes costly and widespread damage. Claims must be made to your insurance company first. The program is not intended to replace insurance coverage. Insurance payments are deducted from eligible costs. Please note that the Minister has not activated the program, therefore, please read the entire document regarding eligibility and the details of the program.

https://www.ontario.ca/page/apply-disaster-recovery-assistance

Debris Management:
Please be reminded that ‘Day Burning’ is not permitted, as per the Municipal by-law, and as the Township of North Kawartha falls within the MNR fire district regulations. Residents may dispose of storm debris or spoiled food as follows: 

Trees and Tree Limbs (no loose leaves): 

-       Trees ( 8” in diameter or less) and Tree Limbs may be taken to the following Transfer Stations free of charge:

  • Anstruther Transfer Station at 400 Anstruther Lake Road, Apsley ON, K0L 1A0
  • Haultain Transfer Station at 6879 Highway 28, Woodview ON K0L 3E0  

Stumps cannot be accepted:

-       It is suggested that a stump grinder, tree and/or property maintenance company be contacted for stump removal. 

Loose Leaf and Yard Waste:

-       During the storm recovery period only, all ‘loose leaves’ must be in paper yard waste bags. 

-       Trailers and Trucks full of ‘loose leaves’ cannot be accepted ‘during’ the storm recovery period but will be accepted ‘after’ the storm recovery period. 

Residential Brush and Tree Limbs:

-       May also be taken to Peterborough County Public Works Yards free of charge:

  • Douro Depot - 713 County Rd. 4
  • Havelock Depot – 649 County Rd 46
  • Buckhorn Depot - 2467 County Rd. 36
  • Centreline Depot – 1275 County Rd. 24
  • Millbrook Depot – 1111 County Rd. 10

Trees, Tree Limbs and Brush may also be taken to:

  • Waste Connection Site at 348 County Road 6, Douro Dummer, ON, K0L 2H0 705-652-3505. No bagged yard-waste or loose leaves at this site. Tipping fees will apply. (Closed Monday, June 6 to Wednesday, June 8, 2022)
  • Bensfort Rd. Landfill Site at 1260 Bensfort Road, Peterborough, ON, K9J 1C5. 705-742-7777 ext. 2150. Tipping fees may apply.  

Food Spoilage:

-       Food Spoilage, in a clear garbage bag, will be accepted at the following Transfer Stations free of charge:

  • Anstruther Transfer Station at 400 Anstruther Lake Road, Apsley ON, K0L 1A0
  • Haultain Transfer Station at 6879 Highway 28, Woodview ON K0L 3E0  

Updates and information will also be posted when they become available on the Township website at www.northkawartha.ca. See also our Emergency Preparedness page, our News page, and our Storm News page.

May 27, 2022 Media Release EP #03-22 

Dealing with the May 21st Storm Aftermath- Update

Storm Debris Management

The Township, Hydro One, and other agencies, are well aware that many are still without power and reassure everyone that Hydro crews, along with the Township Roads Department and Fire Department, are working as quickly and safely as possible to restore power in the impacted areas. Crews from outside the area have been brought in to assist with restoration of power.  Plans have been made for a helicopter staging area to deliver hydro poles and equipment to the impacted areas in a safe and efficient manner.

The Township of North Kawartha’s Emergency Control Group met again this morning to continue to coordinate, and deal with, the resulting storm damage and continuing power outages in the impacted areas.  This Group has been meeting regularly and communicating with representatives from Hydro, Emergency Management Ontario and local agencies, and are also aware of warmer weather moving in and the possible need for cooling centres. 

The Public is reminded of the following:

  • Please treat all downed hydro lines as ‘live’ and stay at least 30m away. 
  • To report a power outage or to get a status update, please call Hydro One at 1-800-434-1235. 
  • You can also use the Hydro One App to report downed wires and check on the status of an outage. Customers can also text their address to WATTS (92887) for direct updates or sign up for email and text alerts at http://ow.ly/qiEu30skePZ.
  • Please do not call 911 to report a power outage or receive a status update.
  • For other non-related emergencies, you may also call the OPP non-emergency line at 1-888-310-1122. 
  • For all other life-threatening emergencies, please call 911.
  • Please avoid unnecessary travel, specifically in impacted areas, as some roads may be closed or have limited access.
  • If your hydro line has been separated from the service at your house, please turn ‘off’ the ‘main’ breaker on your panel. 
  • And if you leave your residence, it is advised that you turn your hydro off using the ‘main’ breaker on your panel.  This will help to reduce fire hazards if power is restored in your absence.
  • Residents are reminded to exercise extra caution when burning candles during power outages. 

Generator Safety:

  • do not place a generator under an open window, near any vents, in a garage or in an enclosed area, due to potential carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • turn generators off while refueling.
  • please run generators intermittently to save fuel, including propane. Propane deliveries are not available in some areas.
  • Do not operate propane cooking devices, such as a BBQ, in an enclosed area, inside your home or inside your garage, due to potential carbon monoxide poisoning. 
  • Residents on oxygen and without electricity, are advised to call your oxygen supplier to receive backup.
  • With the cooler temperatures at night, if you plan on burning with wood to heat your home, please be cautious! 
  • Please refer to the Media Release #02-22 dated May 25, 2022 for the Township Debris Management Plan.
  • Please be reminded that the Transfer Stations start summer hours on Monday May 30, 2022.
  • Please follow the Peterborough Public Health Unit advisories regarding food, water, septic systems, pools, hot tubs, and general safety.  Peterborough Public Health

 

Available at the NKCC in Apsley from 6 am to 9 pm Monday to Friday and 9 am to 5 pm Saturday and Sunday.

  • Drinking Water
  • Washrooms
  • Wi-Fi and charging outlets in NKCC Lobby.
  • Fitness Centre.
  • Advanced Provincial Polling Station 10am to 8pm ending May 28.

 

Services at your Local Library may also be available during regular operating hours.

Updates and information will also be posted when they become available on the Township website at www.northkawartha.ca. See also our Emergency Preparedness page, our News page, and our Storm News page.

If residents have inquiries, questions or concerns regarding storm debris on municipal roads, please email Jeff Waldon, Road Supervisor at j.waldon@northkawartha.ca preferred or leave a phone message at 705-656-4796.

 

May 25, 2022 Media Release EP #02-22

Dealing with the May 21st Storm Aftermath

Storm Debris Management

 

Please be reminded that ‘Day Burning’ is not permitted, as the Township of North Kawartha falls within the MNR fire district regulations.    

 

Trees and Tree Limbs: 

-       Trees (8” in diameter or less) and Tree Limbs may be taken to the following Transfer Stations free of charge:

  • Anstruther Transfer Station at 400 Anstruther Lake Road, Apsley ON, K0L 1A0
  • Haultain Transfer Station at 6879 Highway 28, Woodview ON K0L 3E0  

-       Trees and Tree Limbs may also be taken to:

    • Waste Connection Site at 348 County Road 6, Douro Dummer, ON, K0L 2H0 705-652-3505. No bagged yard-waste at this site. Tipping fees will apply. 
    • Bensfort Rd. Landfill Site at 1260 Bensfort Road, Peterborough, ON, K9J 1C5. 705-742-7777 ext. 2150. Tipping fees will apply.  

-       Stumps cannot be accepted.

    • It is suggested that a stump grinder, tree and/or property maintenance company be contacted for stump removal. 

Loose Leaf and Yard Waste:

-       During the storm recovery period only, all ‘loose leaves’ must be in paper yard waste bags. 

-       Trailers and Trucks full of ‘loose leaves’ cannot be accepted ‘during’ the storm recovery period but will be accepted ‘after’ the storm recovery period. 

 

Food Spoilage:

-       Food Spoilage, in a clear garbage bag, will be accepted at the following Transfer Stations free of charge:

  • Anstruther Transfer Station at 400 Anstruther Lake Road, Apsley ON, K0L 1A0
  • Haultain Transfer Station at 6879 Highway 28, Woodview ON K0L 3E0 

 

Updates and information will also be posted when they become available on the Township website at www.northkawartha.ca. See also our Emergency Preparedness page, our News page, and our Storm News page.

May 24, 2022 Media Release EP # 01-22

Township of North Kawartha Media Release

Media Release                                               EP# 01-22

For Immediate Release:                              Date: May 24, 2022 Time: 4:00pm
                                                                                                                                                

Dealing with the May 21st Storm Aftermath

The Township of North Kawartha’s Emergency Control Group met again this morning to continue to coordinate, and deal with, the resulting storm damage and continuing power outages.

The Public is being advised of the following:

-       Hydro was restored in the village of Apsley and the NKCC as of 5:30 pm, May 22nd.

-       Available at the NKCC in Apsley, from 6 am to 9 pm Monday to Friday, and 9 am to 5 pm Saturday and Sunday:

  • Water
  • Washrooms
  • Wi-Fi and charging outlets in NKCC Lobby
  • Fitness Centre
  • Advanced Provincial Polling Station 10 am to 8 pm

-       Hydro Crews are working as quickly and safely as possible to restore hydro in the areas still affected by the power outage. Extra Crews have been brought in and are working diligently to restore your power.

-       To report a power outage or to get a status update, please call Hydro at 1-800-434-1235. Hydro One website: www.hydroone.com & outage specific: www.hydroone.com/power-outages-and-safety/stormcentre-outage  

-       Please do not call 911 to report a power outage or receive a status update.

-       For other non-related emergencies, you may also call the OPP non-emergency line at 1-888-310-1122. 

-       For all other life-threatening emergencies, please call 911. 

-       Please treat all downed hydro lines as ‘live’ and stay away. 

-       If you leave your residence, it is advised that you turn your Hydro off using the ‘main’ breaker on your panel. This will help to reduce fire hazards if power is restored in your absence.

-       Please follow the Peterborough Public Health Unit advisories regarding food left in refrigerators without power. PPH website: www.peterboroughpublichealth.ca & storm specific: public-health-and-safety-guidance-following-yesterdays-severe-storm

-       Generators: Do not run generators under / outside open windows or in enclosed areas. Please run generators intermittently to save fuel, including propane. Propane deliveries are not available in some areas.

-       Please be reminded of the ‘No Day Burning’ by-law. 

-       Missed Curbside Garbage and Recycling Collection, may be taken to either the Anstruther or Haultain Transfer Station.  Or it can be brought-in and then put-out to be included in curbside collection next week.

-       Leaf and Yard Waste may be taken to:

  • Anstruther Transfer Station at 400 Anstruther Lake Road, Apsley ON, K0L 1A0
  • Haultain Transfer Station at 6879 Highway 28, Woodview ON K0L 3E0  

-       Branches and Tree Limbs may be taken to:

  • Waste Connection Site at 348 County Road 6, Douro Dummer, ON, K0L 2H0 705-652-3505. Branches and tree limbs only at this site, no bagged yard-waste. Tipping fees will apply. 
  • Bensfort Rd. Landfill Site at 1260 Bensfort Road, Peterborough, ON, K9J 1C5. 705-742-7777 ext. 2150. Tipping fees apply.  

Updates and information will also be posted when they become available on the Township website at www.northkawartha.ca. See also our Emergency Preparedness page, our News page, and our Storm News page.


 

Township of North Kawartha Declares State of Emergency

The Township of North Kawartha has officially declared a State of Emergency effective today, Sunday, May 22, 2022 at 4:20 p.m. in response to the impacts of the Saturday, May 21, 2022 storm.

“Due to the severe storm that passed through North Kawartha Township on May 21, 2022 our Township has wide spread power outages, with many snapped hydro poles, and downed hydro lines.  This along with significant tree fall has made roads difficult and in some cases impossible to access.  There are large amounts of property damage and reports of personal injuries including one fatality so far.  The widespread devastation is impacting municipal and emergency services and our capacity to respond and provide support to our residents.  Communication/IT infrastructure has also been negatively impacted.  I have gone through the checklist in consideration of a Declaration of Emergency and have been able to check off more than half of the criteria list.”
- Mayor Carolyn Amyotte

Mayor's Message May 24, 2022

Mayor's Message May 24, 2022

Hi North Kawartha! 

Mayor Carolyn here with an update on the current situation in our Township and devastating impact from the storm this past Saturday, May 21st, 2022.  It has and continues to be an incredibly challenging situation to deal with as we are one of many communities across the province who have been hit hard by this significant weather event.  We have wide spread power outages, miles of downed and broken hydro lines and significant tree fall which has made many roads difficult if not impossible to access.   Telephone and internet infrastructure has also been impacted making it a challenge to have regular and reliable communication among first responders, hydro one and municipal staff to provide status updates and coordinate appropriate responses. 

Yesterday, Sunday May 22, after receiving reports and updates from our Township team and in consultation with the Township CAO, I exercised my authority as Mayor to declare a State of Emergency for the entire geographic region of North Kawartha. 

Making this declaration activates the Municipal Control Group, it triggers our Municipal Emergency Response Plan and permits me as the Head of Council to take such action and make such orders as necessary and not contrary to law, during an emergency.  There is no specified time line on when an Emergency must be declared whether it is declared 2 hours, 2 days or 2 weeks after an incident has occurred.   Taking this action means that our local government has access to outside resources and support, as this situation may require extraordinary measures or expenditures to be taken to maintain and restore essential services.  This declaration will also provide important documentation and support for folks that will be making insurance claims for damage and injury as a result of the storm.  Declaring an Emergency means we will receive the assistance and help that we need.

I finally spoke with a Hydro One representative this morning and immediately put them in touch with our CAO, Fire Chief and Roads Supervisor.  Having direct contact and regular communication with Hydro One is vital for our municipal response to this crisis.  Power cannot be safely restored everywhere until Hydro One coordinates with our staff to assess our local situation.  Here’s what we are up against.  Hydro One estimates nearly 300 damaged/ downed poles in our township and hundreds, if not thousands of trees that have fallen.  They are mobilizing crews from outside the province to assist us.

Township staff cannot open roads that have wires one them until Hydro can identify them as not ‘live’.  With partial power restoration to some areas last night, emergency situations were created with arcing wires causing fires resulting in a flurry of calls for service.  I personally had to make one of those calls!  All downed wires must be treated as live until a Hydro One employee states otherwise.  Our Firefighters have come across many structures with hydro mass/ meter damage, some of which have been completely ripped off of buildings. It is important for any folks who are leaving their residences, to ensure that everything was turned off.  If you have already left, please have a neighbour check if you can’t.  This will help to avoid further issues when power is restored. 

Firefighters are also responding to calls for medical and remote rescue as result of the storm in addition to their regular calls for service.  Township roads staff continue to open up roads where it is safe to do so and identify and mark others that aren’t safe.  For these roads our fire department, is identifying alternate access methods whether by ATV or boat in the event of an emergency call.  We are also coordinating with EMS, OPP, neighbouring municipalities, Peterborough County and the provinces Emergency Operation Centre for response assistance and support.

All community centres in the Township are open for residents needing water.  With power being restored to Apsley yesterday The North Kawartha Community Centre has washrooms available, internet services, power for charging devices and continues to offer advance polling stations for the Provincial Election.  Garbage and recycling collection is happening where accessible and if you do not receive collection, you can either take it to one of the transfer stations for free or put out double next week.

The most important things to remember are:
  • Treat all downed hydro lines as live and stay clear
  • Call 911 for emergencies
  • Remember 72 Hour Emergency Preparedness

Please check the township website www.northkawartha.ca for the latest updates and important information.  I would like to take a moment to thank all municipal staff who are working tirelessly to respond to this crisis.  It is important to note that many of them are also dealing with significant personal impacts as a result of the storm.  I also want to thank all community members who have rallied together and come out to help with road clearing and tree clearing and who are making sure their neighbours and fellow residents are ok.  The offers of support and assistance whether it’s a meal, a shower, a plug in to charge a phone or even just a hug to give comfort to so many of us who are overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of destruction is humbling and so much appreciated.  Our community has been through so much these past few years and I continue to be proud of our resilience and care and support for each other.  As always I am honoured to serve you as your Mayor.  Take care and stay safe everyone.  We are working together and we will get through this.  

 

Thank you.

 

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