Weather updates

Ice storm brush cleanup complete in residential areas

Guelph, ON, May 15, 2014 – Brush cleanup from December’s ice storm is now complete in Guelph’s residential areas.

All park play and high traffic areas are now cleared. A few park areas remain to be addressed. These areas were too wet to access, and this work will be completed as soon as conditions improve.

“It has been a tough winter for the City’s Forestry crew, and we are happy to have completed the majority of the ice storm brush cleanup,” says Martin Neumann, manager of Forestry. “We can now resume the work of trimming, stump removals, and tree replanting resulting from the earlier storms of April and July 2013.”

Report tree hazards by using the “How can we help you?” section on guelph.ca or call 519-837-5628 and include your name, contact information and the street address where the tree is located.

The City’s storm-related forestry activities remain prioritized as per the following phases:

  1. Remove highest-risk hazards: branches hanging over hydro wires, near critical facilities, or blocking roadways or driveways.
  2. Address blocked sidewalks.
  3. Clear community trails and high-traffic park areas.
  4. Remove marked trees, clear boulevards and parks, and prune City trees.
  5. Grind up remaining tree stumps and plant replacement trees.

Phase 1, 2 and 3 of the December ice storm brush cleanup are complete, with some areas such as secondary trails and lower-traffic park areas still requiring some work. It is anticipated Phase 4 will be wrapped up by late 2014. The timing of Phase 5 will be based on Phase 4 completion and is estimated to occur in spring 2015 at the earliest.

For more information

Martin Neumann
Manager of Forestry
Public Works Department
519-822-1260 extension 3337
martin.neumann@guelph.ca

Storm cleanup almost complete

Eight out of nine zones cleared of brush

Guelph, ON, May 1, 2014 – Brush cleanup is progressing well, with everything north of College Avenue completed.

Forestry operations are divided into nine zones across the city. The first eight zones are complete. Areas remaining include everything south of College Avenue.

Crews are clearing the boulevards of brush by working through the zones sequentially. The City expects brush cleanup work will be complete by mid-May, weather permitting.

The brush cleanup involves the removal and chipping of branches dropped from trees as a result of the December 22, 2013 ice storm.

All high-traffic park areas and main community trails were cleared of hazards and blockages in February and are open to the public. The following parks have been cleared: Brant Avenue Park, Franchetto Park, Golfview Park, Hillcrest Park, Peter Misersky Park, Riverside Park, Royal City Park, St. George’s Park, Silvercreek Park, and Summit Ridge Park.

“Dragging and chipping brush is heavy work, and the crews have done a commendable job of advancing quickly through the city,” says Martin Neumann, manager of Forestry. “Crews appreciate the community’s patience and understanding as we continue our work. I’d also like to thank the many homeowners who lightened our load by taking brush to the Waste Resource Innovation Centre.”

Report tree hazards by using the “How can we help you?” section on guelph.ca or call 519-837-5628 and include your name, contact information and the street address where the tree is located.

Spring yard waste collection will begin this month. Fallen branches from resident-owned trees can be collected as part of spring yard waste. Branches and tree limbs must be tied in bundles not larger than 1 metre (3 feet) long by 0.6 metres (2 feet) wide. Week A yard waste collection will take place May 5–9, and Week B yard waste collection will take place May 12–16. Alternatively, yard waste and fallen branches of this size and larger can be brought to the Waste Resource Innovation Centre at 110 Dunlop Drive for disposal. Please contact 519-767-0598 or waste@guelph.ca for details.

For more information

Martin Neumann
Manager of Forestry
Public Works Department
519-822-1260 extension 3337
martin.neumann@guelph.ca

Rain expected to turn into snow for Guelph’s morning commute

Residents reminded to drive according to road conditions

Guelph, ON, April 14, 2014 – The forecast for Guelph is calling for up to 14 mm of rain for Monday and into the early hours of Tuesday morning. Overnight the rain is expected to turn into snow, with accumulations of up to 13 cm by 11 a.m. tomorrow.

City crews are readying plows and equipment in preparation for the snow event and will respond as needed.

Staff are also inspecting and clearing stormwater drains in advance of the expected rainfall and continued thaw.

The City reminds residents of the following to stay safe during these forecasted winter conditions:

  • Drive according to road conditions, and allow additional time for your morning commute.
  • Report a snow removal concern by using the “How can we help you?” section on guelph.ca or call 519-837-5628 and include your name, contact information and the exact location.
  • If there is snow accumulation and you’re able, please help clear sidewalks near your property. Seniors and residents with a physical disability who require assistance shoveling can call Snow Angels at 519-822-1155.
  • Help keep storm drains and catch basins clear to prevent flooding.
  • Be cautious around waterways and ponds.

The City’s winter maintenance service helps ensure community safety every day, and in the event of extreme weather.

The City will continue to provide updates to the community, and invites people to subscribe to updates using Twitter or Facebook.

For more information

Nello Violin
Manager Roads and Right of Ways
Public Works Department
519-822-1260 extension 3346
nello.violin@guelph.ca

Forestry crews starting brush cleanup

City continues storm cleanup, recovery

Guelph, ON, April 7, 2014 – Beginning today, Forestry crews are starting the substantial task of brush cleanup.

The brush cleanup will involve the removal and chipping of branches dropped from City-owned trees as a result of the December 22, 2013 ice storm. Enough snow has melted on the ground to allow the start of this work.

Forestry operations are divided into nine zones across the city. Crews will make one visit per street to clear the boulevards of brush as they work through the zones sequentially. The hardest-hit areas will be given priority outside this sequence.

  • Zone 1: bounded by London Road, Edinburgh Road, the Speed River, and the railway tracks just north of Waterloo Avenue.
  • Zone 2: the area immediately north of Zone 1, bounded by London Road, Edinburgh Road, City limits in the north, and the Speed River.
  • Zone 3: bounded by College Avenue, Hanlon Expressway, the Speed River, and the Cutten Club lands.
  • Zone 4: bounded by Eramosa Road, Victoria Road, Elizabeth Street, and the Speed River.
  • Zone 5: includes everything west of the Hanlon Expressway, north of the Speed River, and a slice between the river and the railway tracks upstream to the Macdonnell Street bridge.
  • Zone 6: bounded by Eramosa Road, the Speed River, and Victoria Road
  • Zone 7: includes everything east of Victoria Road.
  • Zone 8: bounded by Victoria Road, Elizabeth Street, and the Speed and Eramosa Rivers.
  • Zone 9: south of College Avenue.

The City expects work in the nine zones will be complete by mid-May, weather permitting, and asks for the community’s patience and cooperation during the cleanup.

All high-traffic park areas and main community trails were cleared of hazards and blockages in February and are open to the public. Forestry crews continue to advance into secondary trails, as access is established.

The City’s storm-related forestry activities remain prioritized as per the following phases:

  1. Remove highest-risk hazards: branches hanging over hydro wires, near critical facilities, or blocking roadways or driveways.
  2. Address blocked sidewalks.
  3. Clear community trails and high-traffic park areas.
  4. Remove marked trees, clear boulevards and parks, and prune City trees.
  5. Grind up remaining tree stumps and plant replacement trees.

Phase 1, 2 and 3 of cleanup are complete, with some areas such as secondary trails and lower-traffic park areas still requiring some work. It is anticipated Phase 4 will be wrapped up by late 2014. The timing of Phase 5 will be based on Phase 4 completion and is estimated to occur in spring 2015 at the earliest.

Report tree hazards by using the “How can we help you?” section on guelph.ca or call 519-837-5628 and include your name, contact information and the street address where the tree is located.

Please continue to take branches and brush from privately-owned trees to the Waste Resource Innovation Centre at 110 Dunlop Drive for free disposal.

For more information

Martin Neumann
Manager of Forestry
Public Works Department
519-822-1260 extension 3337
martin.neumann@guelph.ca

Freezing rain expected for Guelph tonight

Residents reminded to drive according to road conditions

Guelph, ON, March 21, 2014 – The forecast for Guelph is calling for freezing rain to begin at midnight and to continue into morning, with snow accumulations of up to 1.5 cm and the possibility of wind gusts of up to 57 km/h. The snow and rain is expected to end by 9 a.m. tomorrow morning.

City crews are equipped and ready to respond to and monitor conditions throughout the weekend.

The City reminds residents of the following to stay safe during these forecasted winter conditions:

  • Drive according to road conditions.
  • Report a snow removal concern by using the “How can we help you?” section on guelph.ca or call 519-837-5628 and include your name, contact information and the exact location.
  • If there is snow accumulation and you’re able, please help clear sidewalks near your property. Seniors and residents with a physical disability who require assistance shoveling can call Snow Angels at 519-822-1155.
  • Keep fire hydrants clear of snow.
  • Help keep storm drains and catch basins clear to prevent flooding.
  • Be cautious around waterways and ponds.

The City’s winter maintenance service helps ensure community safety every day, and in the event of extreme weather.

The City will continue to provide updates to the community, and invites people to subscribe to updates using Twitter or Facebook.

Please drive safely and enjoy the first weekend of spring.

For more information

Nello Violin
Manager Roads and Right of Ways
Public Works Department
519-822-1260 extension 3346
nello.violin@guelph.ca

Residential plow out scheduled for this evening

Residents reminded to move cars off streets by 7 p.m.

Guelph, ON, March 12, 2014 – City crews are busy tending to the snow which has fallen in Guelph over the last 12 hours.

The current forecast shows the majority of the snow activity will end between 6 and 7 p.m. tonight. Crews are currently using plows to clear main and secondary roads. Once the snow stops falling crews will begin to apply salt/sand material to treat roads.

The City has reached the Council-approved 10 cm snow accumulation threshold and will be doing a city wide plow out starting at 7 p.m., with the intention of having streets cleared for the morning commute. We kindly ask residents to move cars off the streets to allow plows to pass.

Sidewalk plows have been out since 10 a.m. this morning and will continue until all sidewalks have been plowed.

The City reminds residents of the following to stay safe during the winter season:

  • Allow for extra commute times, drive according to road conditions and pack an emergency car kit.
  • To keep roads safe and accessible, do not park across from another vehicle or driveway, and whenever possible, move parked cars off the streets to make room for snow plows.
  • When parking on-street, residents are reminded to obey Guelph’s traffic by-law and ensure there is at least 3 m of clearance on the road – space required for other vehicles such as Fire and emergency medical services (EMS) to pass safety.
  • Please be patient with sidewalk clearing operations. If you’re able, please help clear sidewalks near your property. Seniors and residents with a physical disability who require assistance shoveling can call Snow Angels at 519-822-1155.
  • Report a snow removal concern by using the “How can we help you?” section on guelph.ca or call 519-837-5628 and include your name, contact information and the exact location.
  • Keep fire hydrants clear of snow.
  • Place garbage carts/bags at the curb on the morning of collection (by 6:30 a.m.) rather than the night before. Do not place waste on top of snow banks or on the road as these pose obstacles to the City’s snow clearing operations. Instead shovel a spot for your carts or bags, or place them in the driveway 1m back from the road.
  • Help keep storm drains and catch basins clear to prevent flooding.
  • Be cautious around waterways and ponds.

The City’s winter maintenance service helps ensure community safety every day, and in the event of extreme weather.

The City will continue to provide updates to the community, and invites people to subscribe to updates using Twitter or Facebook.

For more information

Bill Barr
Acting General Manager
Public Works
519-822-1260 extension x 2003
bill.barr@guelph.ca

Up to 15 cm of snow expected for Guelph tomorrow

Guelph, ON, March 11, 2014 – Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Guelph and area. Up to 15 cm of snow is expected, as well as high winds and blowing snow.

Some accumulation is expected tomorrow morning, with cold temperatures and heavy snow expected for the afternoon commute. Drivers are reminded to be cautious and drive according to road conditions.

City crews are currently clearing streets, sidewalks, and catch basins. Crews will also apply brine and salt to road surfaces this evening to prevent slippery road conditions.

During the snow event, crews will be working to keep roads and sidewalks clear as per the Council approved service levels. Sidewalk clearing activities will begin at 4 cm accumulation, with a focus on main and arterial roadways.

The City reminds residents of the following to stay safe during the winter season:

  • Allow for extra commute times, drive according to road conditions and pack an emergency car kit.
  • To keep roads safe and accessible, do not park across from another vehicle or driveway, and whenever possible, move parked cars off the streets to make room for snow plows.
  • When parking on-street, residents are reminded to obey Guelph’s traffic by-law and ensure there is at least 3 m of clearance on the road – space required for other vehicles such as Fire and emergency medical services (EMS) to pass safety.
  • Please be patient with sidewalk clearing operations, as the volume of expected snow will be well above average. If you’re able, please help clear sidewalks near your property. Seniors and residents with a physical disability who require assistance shoveling can call Snow Angels at 519-822-1155.
  • Report a snow removal concern by using the “How can we help you?” section on guelph.ca or call 519-837-5628 and include your name, contact information and the exact location.
  • Keep fire hydrants clear of snow.
  • Place garbage carts/bags at the curb on the morning of collection (by 6:30 a.m.) rather than the night before. Do not place waste on top of snow banks or on the road as these pose obstacles to the City’s snow clearing operations. Instead shovel a spot for your carts or bags, or place them in the driveway 1m back from the road.
  • Help keep storm drains and catch basins clear to prevent flooding.
  • Be cautious around waterways and ponds.

The City’s winter maintenance service helps ensure community safety every day, and in the event of extreme weather.

The City will continue to provide updates to the community, and invites people to subscribe to updates using Twitter or Facebook.

For more information

Bill Barr
Acting General Manager
Public Works
519-822-1260 extension x 2003
bill.barr@guelph.ca

City continues storm cleanup, recovery

Forestry crews continue to make progress

Guelph, ON, March 4, 2014 – City crews continue to make progress on storm cleanup and recovery following December’s ice storm.

Due to the depth of snow on the ground covering fallen limbs, forestry crews continue to focus on recovery work in the tree canopy, rather than chipping brush.

Work on the city’s east side has advanced as far as access and narrow streets allow, and these areas will be revisited as access improves. Work continues throughout the city on a priority basis.

All high-traffic park areas and main community trails were cleared of hazards and blockages in February and are open to the public. Forestry crews continue to advance into secondary trails, as access is established. Before forestry work proceeds in off-road areas, snow is removed to enable access for trucks and equipment. Crews are currently working in Norm Jary Park.

The City’s storm-related forestry activities remain prioritized as per the following phases:

  1. Remove highest-risk hazards: branches hanging over hydro wires, near critical facilities, or blocking roadways or driveways.
  2. Address blocked sidewalks.
  3. Clear community trails and high-traffic park areas.
  4. Remove marked trees, clear boulevards and parks, and prune City trees.
  5. Grind up remaining tree stumps and plant replacement trees.

Phase 1 and 2 of cleanup are complete. Phase 3 is complete, with some areas such as secondary trails and lower-traffic park areas still requiring some work. It is anticipated Phase 4 will be wrapped up by late 2014. The timing of Phase 5 will be based on Phase 4 completion and is estimated to occur in spring 2015 at the earliest.

The City is asking for people’s patience and assistance during Guelph’s recovery from recent storms.

  • Please be patient as City crews continue to clear branches and brush. Branches that are frozen in snow banks or buried in snow will be addressed after the snow melts.
  • Report tree hazards to using the “How can we help you?” section on guelph.ca or call 519-837-5628 and include your name, contact information and the street address where the tree is located.
  • Bring fallen branches and brush from private properties to the Waste Resource Innovation Centre at 110 Dunlop Drive for free disposal.
  • Even with recent progress in parks and on trails, continue to use caution in these areas.
  • Please keep fire hydrants clear of snow.
  • Help keep storm drains and sewer grates clear.

For more information

Martin Neumann
Manager of Forestry
Public Works Department
519-822-1260 extension 3337
martin.neumann@guelph.ca

Modified residential plow out underway

Sidewalks are being salted and sanded

Guelph, ON, February 27, 2014 – The City has begun a modified residential plow out in order to deal with the buildup of ice on targeted residential streets. Streets with significant ice buildup will be scraped to improve safety for driving and emergency access. This work is expected to continue through Friday.

The modified plow out may deposit heavy ice in windrows at the bottoms of driveways. Those in need of assistance in removing the windrows, such as seniors and residents with physical disabilities, are reminded to call Snow Angels at 519-822-1155. Wherever possible, able neighbours are asked to assist each other with windrow shovelling.

In some cases, on-street parking may be prohibited for short periods so that the work can be effectively carried out. Cooperation in complying with these temporary restrictions is appreciated.

Residential sidewalks are getting a salt/sand treatment to assist with traction and safety. In areas where the sidewalks have not yet been cleared or sanded, pedestrians and motorists are asked to take extra care to watch out for one another.

Residents can call 519-837-5628 to report a problem with road conditions.

The City’s winter maintenance service helps ensure community safety every day, during and following extreme weather events.

The City will provide continued updates to the community, and invites people to subscribe to updates using Twitter or Facebook.

For more information

Rodney Keller
General Manager
Public Works
519-822-1260 extension 2949
rodney.keller@guelph.ca

Plows on the way

Residents asked to move vehicles parked on Guelph streets and shovel windrows

 GUELPH, ON, February 21, 2014–The City will begin plowing residential streets within the hour to remove slush and ice in preparation for the expected below freezing temperatures tonight.    

The plow out will help provide safe access to residential streets for emergency services vehicles and residents. It is expected to take up to 18 hours to complete.   

Residents are urged to move parked vehicles from residential streets as soon as possible to assist the plows.

The City further encourages residents to shovel the windrows—the accumulation of snow and slush at the end of driveways—once the plow has cleared the street. Otherwise, they can freeze and become difficult to remove. 

Whenever possible assist neighbours with shovelling. The Snow Angels program is available for seniors and residents with physical disabilities in need of assistance shovelling, call 519-822-1155.    

Along with the drop in temperature, Environment Canada expects wind gusts up to 80 kilometres per hour this evening which may cause tree branches to fall.  

The City reminds residents of the following winter safety tips:

  • Drive according to road conditions and pack an emergency car kit
  • Help keep storm drains and catch basins clear to prevent flooding
  • Be cautious around waterways and ponds
  • To keep roads safe and accessible, do not park across from another vehicle or driveway, and whenever possible, move parked cars off the streets to make room for snow plows
  • When parking on street, residents are reminded to obey Guelph’s traffic by-law and ensure there is at least 3m of clearance on the road—space required for vehicles such as fire trucks and ambulances to pass safety
  • If you’re able, please help clear sidewalks near your property. Seniors and residents with a physical disability who require assistance shoveling can call Snow Angels at 519-822-1155
  • Place garbage carts/bags at the curb on the morning of collection (by 6:30 a.m.) rather than the night before. Do not place waste on top of snow banks or on the road as these pose obstacles to the City’s snow clearing operations. Instead shovel a spot for your carts or bags, or place them in the driveway 1m back from the road
  • Keep fire hydrants clear of snow

The City’s winter maintenance service helps ensure community safety every day, and in the event of extreme weather.

The City will continue to provide updates to the community, and invites people to subscribe to updates using Twitter or Facebook.

For more information

Rodney Keller
General Manager
Public Works
519-822-1260 extension 2949
rodney.keller@guelph.ca