“Majority” of Ottawans without power will regain power on Thursday or Friday

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson shared the updates Tuesday afternoon during his virtual press conference along with other city officials. This estimate was made by considering the rate at which the teams in the field carry out the necessary operations.

For his part, Hydro Ottawa’s director of systems operations, Joseph Mugliaclarified that it was going to take longer for the owners of some housesespecially those that have suffered significant damage.

Despite the magnitude of the challenge, its staff continues to work 24 hours a day, 7 days a weekhe assured.

According to Mr. Muglia, approximately 36,000 Ottawa residents have had their power restored in the past 24 hours. About 74,000 Ottawans still have to be patient.

The front of the Hydro Ottawa offices.

Hydro Ottawa personnel have been busy since Saturday afternoon.

Photo: The Canadian Press/Justin Tang

City of Ottawa Director General of Public Works Alain Gonthier said resources available on the ground have been deployed to focus on three main tasks: restoring transportation, collecting food waste and removing traffic debris.

He also mentioned that many traffic lights are still not working.

Cleaning up after a storm as severe as this is a huge job. It will take us several weeks to get out of it.

Trees on a car.

At Carleton Place on Tuesday, damage from Saturday’s storm could still be seen.

Photo: The Canadian Press/Sean Kilpatrick

After Saturday afternoon’s storm and thunderstorms, the City of Ottawa was proactive in opening multiple emergency centres. Ottawa General Manager of Emergency and Protective Services Kim Ayotte said nearly 2,000 citizens used the city’s emergency facilities on Monday.

The numbers have gone down a bit [en comparaison à dimanche et lundi] since the electricity begins to return. I believe the numbers [de mardi] will still be greater than 1000.

These emergency centers allow citizens to recharge their electronic devices and take a shower, among other things.

Through this race for time to restore electricity to Ottawans, the City has announced measures to manage the increase in organic waste that it expects to receive in high quality.

Several sites equipped with containers reserved for organic waste have been set up and will be accessible to residents at all times.the city said in a press release.

There are already nine places where bins have been installed. Among these, we find the Recreational Complex Mintothe Orleans Library and the Navan Memorial Center.

More will be added.

The mayor asks to limit travel

For his part, the mayor of Ottawa, Jim Watson, asked his fellow citizens to limit their movements. He explained that limiting traffic on the streets of the nation’s capital would allow Hydro Ottawa staff to do their jobs more efficiently.

If you absolutely have to travel, you can use public transport.

Residents gathered in front of a tree destroyed by the storm.

Jim Watson appreciates seeing Ottawans show solidarity, but he asks the curious to stay away from damaged homes (archives).

Photo: The Canadian Press/Justin Tang

Jim Watson also asked citizens curious to no longer walk the streets to capture shots of damaged houses. These people are already going through difficult things. Let’s not add to that by taking pictures.

With information from Charles Lalande and CBC


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