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Storm Update: Road closed as downed tree catches fire

Clarington yesterday announced that the intersection at Concession Road 6 and Gamsby Road will remain closed until further notice due to a tree that has caught fire.

Detours are available via local alternative roads, it added.

Meanwhile, Elexicon Energy announced that at its peak, 64,000 of its customers were without power during the storm.

“Approximately, 93 per cent of our customer’s power has been restored. Our crews will not stop until everyone has their power back on. We know this is not easy and we thank our customers for their patience. You Matter!” said a tweet.

Clarington to collect fallen wood debris

Clarington said its crews and contractors will soon begin the curbside collection of natural storm debris, including fallen trees, brush and branches resulting from the severe storm on May 21 that left extensive damage across the municipality.

This one-time collection will assist residents looking to clear their properties. All collected debris will be chipped and used for ground cover around boulevard trees and gardens along municipal roads and in parks, said a statement.

Once the collected brush and storm debris has been set out on the boulevard near the roadside, property owners can request pickup by filling out the Brush Collection Request Form on municipal website or calling 905-263-2291 by Friday, June 10, 2022.

Property owners not wanting to wait for curbside collection service can drop off storm debris at the back of the Darlington Sports Centre (2276 Taunton Road, Hampton) until June 10, 2022.

Staff are continuing to clear fallen trees, branches and other dangerous debris from municipal roadsides. To report an urgent issue, fill out the Report a Problem form or call 905-263-2291.

Tips for curbside collection:

  • Place fallen trees, branches and brush on your boulevard near the roadside. Do not let it block or overhang the curb or sidewalk. The height must not impact vehicle sightlines.
  • Cut branches and trees into manageable pieces, maximum of four feet long.
  • Do not place any storm debris on the road.
  • Only set out natural storm debris. No root balls or stumps. No garbage or construction waste.
  • To dispose of other storm debris and garbage, Durham Region’s Waste Management Facilities will remain open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. from May 24 to 28.
    The full cleanup and removal of brush will take some time. We appreciate the community’s patience as storm cleanup efforts continue.

Municipal Elections Nominations

A statement from the Township of Uxbridge, meanwhile, advised that due to the Declaration of a Municipal Emergency, as a result of the May 21st storm, the township is unable to accept candidate and third party nominations for the 2022 Municipal Election.

The Clerks Department will resume accepting nominations on May 26th when Town Hall is scheduled to reopen, it said.

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