Weather updates

Residential plow out scheduled for early Wednesday morning

Residents asked to move parked cars off streets by 2 a.m.

Guelph, Ont., March 1, 2016 – A residential plow out is scheduled to start at about 3 a.m. tomorrow morning and will continue until all roads are plowed.

Typically a plow out is completed within 24 hours. Drivers returning home Wednesday evening may discover a windrow at the base of the driveway or that the road has not yet been plowed.

To accommodate the plow out, residents are asked to move parked cars off streets to allow plows to pass.

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

  • Allow for extra commute times and drive according to road conditions.
  • 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.
  • Keep fire hydrants clear of snow.
  • 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 five to six feet back from the road.
  • Help keep storm drains and catch basins clear to prevent flooding.
  • 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.

Get tips on driving safely at guelph.ca/seasonal/winter-driving-tips and parking information at guelph.ca/how-can-we-help-you/residential-parking-enforcement/.

The City’s winter maintenance service helps ensure community safety every day, and in the event of extreme weather. In preparation for the snow, City crews have prepared primary and secondary roads throughout the city by applying a salt brine solution. Crews are ready to respond as the weather dictates. Residential plow outs normally start later in the evening. However, due to the late arrival of today’s winter storm, the City has decided to delay the plow out until the snow has accumulated.

Continue to check guelph.ca, Facebook and Twitter for updates about City services that might be affected by the weather including transit, solid waste pick up, and others.

For more information

Rod Keller
General Manager, Operations
519-822-1260 extension 2949
rod.keller@guelph.ca

Stormdrain

Heavy rain expected for Guelph and area

Help clear leaves from catch basins, storm drains

Guelph, ON, October 27, 2015 – Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Guelph and surrounding area. It is expected that 25 to 40 mm of rain could fall starting Tuesday night and continue into Wednesday.

In addition, wind gusts to 70 km/h are likely in most areas. These winds may be strong enough to cause some tree damage and local power outages, especially in areas where some or all leaves remain on the trees.

There is also a risk of street flooding in areas where catch basins or storm drains are covered with leaves. City crews are clearing catch basins in areas of the city known to experience flooding. Residents can help by clearing leaves from catch basins and storm drains in their neighbourhood. Residents can use the street view function in Google Maps to locate nearby drains.

Important phone numbers

Please include your name, phone number, and street address when reporting flooding or tree hazards:

  • Report significant flooding to 519-837-5628
  • Report tree hazards to 519-837-5626

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
  • Call 911 to report downed power lines, stay clear and please be patient as crews respond
  • Please check to make sure your 72 hour emergency kit is ready and well stocked

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

For more information

Dave Elloway
Emergency Management Coordinator
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2125
dave.elloway@guelph.ca

City plows out in full force

Guelph, ON, February 2, 2015

Snow removal

City crews continue to plow the primary and secondary roadways throughout the city. A residential plow out started at 8 a.m.; residents are asked to move cars off streets to allows plows to pass.

Sidewalk plowing started early this morning and will continue until complete. As a result of blowing snow and cold temperatures, sidewalk snow removal will continue over the coming days.

Staff will monitor and react with available crews and equipment to address the changing weather conditions as the system passes through Guelph. It is expected that plowing operations and clean-up will continue for the next couple of days.

Waste collection

Waste collection is taking place today; please place carts five to six feet back from the mouth of the driveway to allow plows to clear the road. If waste collection workers are unable to pick up your waste today, it will be picked up tomorrow.

Guelph Transit

Guelph Transit buses are running today, but may be delayed. The University of Guelph Express routes (50, 56, 57 and 58) are not running. Mobility Services is operating essential medical appointments only at this time.

Recreation facilities

All City recreation facilities are open. Registrants are encouraged to call before attending regularly scheduled programming.

Committee Meetings

Today’s Corporate Services Committee and Public Services Committee meetings are cancelled due to weather.

Report a problem

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.

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

  • Allow for extra commute times and drive according to road conditions.
  • 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.
  • Keep fire hydrants clear of snow.
  • 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 five to six feet back from the road.
  • Help keep storm drains and catch basins clear to prevent flooding.
  • 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 three metres of clearance on the road – space required for other vehicles such as Fire and emergency medical services (EMS) to pass safety.

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

Patricia Halajski
Communications Officer
Corporate Communications
519-822-1260 extension 3302
patricia.halajski@guelph.ca

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

 

Heavy rain expected for Guelph and area

Residents asked to help clear snow from catch basins, storm drains

Guelph, On, February 20, 2014 – Environment Canada has issued a rainfall warning for Guelph and surrounding area. Between 25 and 50 mm of rain is expected between today and Friday morning with heavier amounts around 9 p.m. tonight.

There is a potential for street flooding where catch basins remain covered with snow and ice. City crews are currently clearing catch basins in areas of the city known to experience flooding. Residents can assist crews by clearing snow from catch basins and storm drains in their neighbourhood. To locate a storm drain on your street, enter your home address into Google maps street view program. To report significant flooding, call 519-837-5628.

The Grand River Conservation Authority also reminds residents that river and creek banks are slippery at this time and when combined with warmer temperatures, pose a serious hazard. Parents are encouraged to keep their children and pets away from all watercourses and off frozen water bodies that may be weakened as a result of the warming trend.

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

 

Up to 20 mm of rain expected for Guelph tomorrow

Residents reminded to stay clear of waterways

Guelph, ON, February 19, 2014 – Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Guelph and area. Up to 20 mm of rain as well as 4 cm of snow is expected, with a chance of freezing rain.

The heavy rain may cause flooding, and residents are reminded to be cautious around waterways and on recreational trails. When possible, residents are asked assist the City by clearing storm drains and catch basins in your neighbourhood to help prevent flooding.

City crews are currently clearing catch basins in areas of the city known to experience flooding, and cutting back snow banks to provide a path for rain and melting snow.

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

  • 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 3 m of clearance on the road – space required for other vehicles such as Fire and emergency medical services (EMS) 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

Guelph will see more snow tonight

Six centimetres expected by 10 a.m. tomorrow

Guelph, ON, February 17, 2014 – Starting at 11 p.m. tonight, Guelph is expecting about six centimetres of snowfall. Winds of up to 30 km/hour will also cause some blowing and drifting snow. City road crews are preparing all main routes, sidewalks and parking lots in the hopes of making tomorrow morning’s commute as safe as possible.

Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians should use caution, leave themselves extra travel time, and look out for each other on the roads. Residential streets will only be plowed if more than 10 centimetres of snow falls overnight.

Residents are also reminded of the following winter weather tips:

  • Drive according to road conditions and pack an emergency car kit.
  • If possible, please move parked cars off the streets to make room for snow plows.
  • If you’re able, please help clear sidewalks, and help keep storm drains and catch basins clear.
  • Please keep fire hydrants clear of snow.
  • Where possible, please lower snow banks along driveways to increase safety for people backing vehicles out onto roadways.
  • Please place garbage carts/bags at the curb on the morning of collection rather than the night before (waste must be at the curb by 6:30 a.m.) and leave room for snow banks caused by plows. Please shovel a spot for your carts or bags, and do not place waste on top of snow banks.
  • Check to make sure your 72 hour emergency kit is ready and well stocked.
  • Use caution in parks and on trials.

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

City continues storm cleanup, recovery

High-traffic parks and trails cleared of hazards, open to the public

Guelph, ON, February 10, 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, crews are currently focused on aerial work in the tree canopy. The hard-hit Brant Avenue/Muskoka Drive area has received this treatment, and crews are now moving south of Speedvale Avenue East, and will proceed to move southward on the city’s east side.

All high-traffic park areas and main community trails have been cleared of hazards and blockages and are open to the public. These include the Eramosa River and Hanlon Creek trails, Royal City Park, Riverside Park, and Exhibition Park.

The City’s forestry activities are 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. It is anticipated Phase 3 will be completed by mid-February, and Phase 4 will be wrapped up by late 2014. Crews are concurrently working on Phase 3 and Phase 4 activities to make the most efficient use of equipment and staff resources. 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 pick up and chip branches and brush. Branches that are frozen in snow banks or buried in snow will be addressed after the snow melts.
  • Continue to report tree hazards to operations@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 clear.

The City’s winter maintenance service helps ensure community safety every day, and in the event of extreme weather. The City will provide continued updates to the community, and invites people to subscribe to updates using Twitter or Facebook.

For more information

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

City reminds residents of need for three metres of clearance on roadways

Guelph, ON, February 7, 2014 – Unusually large snow banks along roadways have reduced the horizontal width of many of Guelph’s roads.

Ensuring adequate clearance

Residents are asked to avoid parking on the street where possible. 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.

As winter control crews work to improve these conditions, no-parking signs may be erected on some residential streets 48 hours in advance of snow removal efforts. Residents are asked to comply with posted signs to allow plows to widen roadways.

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.

Trace amount of snow but cold temperatures in coming days

Environment Canada is forecasting a few centimetres of snow but cold temperatures in coming days.

Winter control crews are shifting focus from clearing main and secondary routes to clearing isolated locations of blowing and drifting snow, and snow removal in the downtown core and on permissive parking streets (residential streets).

Guelph’s main and secondary routes are in very good condition following the most recent winter control activity. The residential street plow out which began Wednesday night is also complete.

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

  • High snow banks and narrow streets may be a safety hazard to those backing vehicles out onto roadways. Where possible, residents are asked to lower snow banks along their driveways to improve sightlines and remove excess snow from the road to help widen the street in front of their residence.
  • Keep fire hydrants clear of snow.
  • Help keep storm drains and catch basins clear to prevent flooding as temperatures rise.
  • 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.
  • Clear snow from exterior vents that are connected to fuel fired appliances such as fireplaces and furnaces to prevent carbon monoxide accumulation inside the home.
  • 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 1 m back from the road.
  • Continue to use caution in parks and on trails.
  • Drive according to road conditions and pack an emergency car kit.

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

Doug Godfrey
Manager
Bylaw Compliance, Security & Licensing Department
519-822-1260 extension 2520
doug.godfrey@guelph.ca

Up to 20 cm of snow expected for Guelph today

Guelph, ON, February 5, 2014 – Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for Guelph and area. Up to 20 cm of snow is expected.

Road and sidewalk crews are out in full force.  A residential plowout is planned for 8 p.m. tonight.

Market Square rink will be closed today. Staff will re-assess the situation and notify the public when the rink is open.

Guelph Transit buses are running, but may be delayed as a result of current weather conditions.

This recent snowfall is likely to create windrows—snow pushed to the foot of driveways by plows—that are higher than usual. That’s because snow banks are already high and available space for plows to deposit snow is limited. Seniors and residents with a physical disability who require assistance shoveling their windrow can call Snow Angels at 519-822-1155.

The City reminds residents of the following to help stay safe in winter weather:

  • Drive according to road conditions and pack an emergency car kit.
  • Please move parked cars off the streets to make room for snow plows.
  • Help keep storm drains and catch basins clear to prevent flooding as temperatures rise.
  • High snow banks in residential neighbourhoods may be a safety hazard to those backing vehicles out onto roadways. Where possible, residents are asked to lower snow banks along their driveways to allow for better sightlines.
  • If you’re able, please help clear sidewalks near your property.
  • Please place garbage carts/bags at the curb on the morning of collection rather than the night before (waste must be at the curb by 6:30 a.m.) and leave room for snow banks caused by plows. Please shovel a spot for your carts or bags, and do not place waste on top of snow banks.
  • Please keep fire hydrants clear of snow.
  • Check to make sure your 72 hour emergency kit is ready and well stocked.
  • Continue to use extreme caution in parks and on trials.

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

Snow removal continues on residential streets, sidewalks, bus stops

Guelph, ON, February 2, 2014–The City’s residential road plowing is about 60 per cent complete and is expected to wrap up at 1 p.m. today.

Sidewalk plows are out and will be clearing snow in residential neighbourhoods, at bus stops and major pedestrian crossings shortly. This cleanup will take up to five days to complete—without any no new snow fall.

The snow alert for Guelph has been lifted and no significant precipitation is expected until Wednesday evening. Colder temperatures are expected overnight, which will cause wet snow to freeze and crust over.

Road conditions as of 8 a.m. are reported as fair to good but wet.

Guelph Transit and the City’s recreational activities are operating as scheduled.

The City continues to ask for people’s patience and assistance in response to yesterday’s snow fall:

  • Snow removal is underway, residents can call 519-837-5628 to report a problem with road conditions.
  • Please move parked cars off the streets to make room for snow plows, and help keep storm drains clear.
  • Drive according to road conditions, pack an emergency car kit, and treat any non-functioning traffic signals like a four-way stop.
  • The City will clear sidewalks as soon as possible, and your assistance is appreciated. If you’re able, please help clear sidewalks near your property, and if you require assistance (disabled or elderly) please call Snow Angels at 519-822-1155.
  • In areas where the sidewalks have not been cleared, pedestrians and motorists are asked to take extra care to watch out for each other.
  • Please place garbage carts/bags at the curb on the morning of collection rather than the night before (waste must be at the curb by 6:30 a.m.) and leave room for snow banks caused by plows. Please shovel a spot for your carts or bags, and do not place waste on top of snow banks.
  • Check to make sure your 72 hour emergency kit is ready and well stocked.
  • Call 911 to report downed power lines, stay clear and be patient as crews respond.

The City’s winter maintenance service helps ensure community safety every day and during an  extreme weather event.

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

Snow removal on residential streets starts at 11 p.m.

Guelph, ON, February 1, 2014–Guelph has received 11 of the 15 centimetres of snow expected today, surpassing the 10 centimetre requirement for snow removal on residential roads.

The City will begin plowing Guelph’s residential streets at 11 p.m. and expects this work will take between 12 and 18 hours to complete.Snow removal and salting continues on arterial and collector roads. Sidewalk plows are working their way through main routes and will begin clearing snow in residential areas shortly.

Residents are asked to remove vehicles parked on the street to assist with these snow removal efforts.

Windrows of heavy, wet snow can be expected at the end of driveways as a result of the plowing.
If driving, exercise caution as roads are covered with wet slush.

Guelph Transit and the City’s regularly scheduled recreational activities are operating as scheduled.

The City is asking for people’s patience and assistance in response to this weather.

  • Snow removal is underway, residents can call 519-837-5628 to report a problem with road conditions.
  • Please move parked cars off the streets to make room for snow plows, and help keep storm drains clear.
  • Drive according to road conditions, pack an emergency car kit, and treat any non-functioning traffic signals like a four-way stop.
  • The City will clear sidewalks as soon as possible, and your assistance is appreciated. If you’re able, please help clear sidewalks near your property, and if you require assistance (disabled or elderly) please call Snow Angels at 519-822-1155.
  • In areas where the sidewalks have not been cleared, pedestrians and motorists are asked to take extra care to watch out for each other.
  • Please place garbage carts/bags at the curb on the morning of collection rather than the night before (waste must be at the curb by 6:30 a.m.) and leave room for snow banks caused by plows. Please shovel a spot for your carts or bags, and do not place waste on top of snow banks.
  • Check to make sure your 72 hour emergency kit is ready and well stocked.
  • Call 911 to report downed power lines, stay clear and be patient as crews respond.

The City’s winter maintenance service helps ensure community safety every day and during an  extreme weather event.

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

 

 

Wet snow expected for Guelph this weekend

Guelph, ON, January 31, 2014 – Approximately 15 cm of wet snow is expected to fall in Guelph over the next 48 hours. City crews are monitoring weather forecasts and are preparing for the snow event by pushing back snow banks, clearing catch basins in known flood prone areas, and salting main routes.

The City received approximately 3 cm of snow earlier this morning. Road plows have been out since 3 a.m. focusing on main routes, and are now clearing secondary routes.

Snowfall over the weekend is likely to create windrows—snow pushed to the foot of driveways by plows—that are higher than usual. That’s because snow banks are already high and available space for plows to deposit snow is limited. Seniors and residents with a physical disability who require assistance shoveling their windrow can call Snow Angels at 519-822-1155.

The City reminds residents of the following to help stay safe in winter weather:

  • Please move parked cars off the streets to make room for snow plows.
  • Help keep storm drains and catch basins clear to prevent flooding as temperatures rise.
  • High snow banks in residential neighbourhoods may be a safety hazard to those backing vehicles out onto roadways. Where possible, residents are asked to lower snow banks along their driveways to allow for better sightlines.
  • If you’re able, please help clear sidewalks near your property.
  • Please place garbage carts/bags at the curb on the morning of collection rather than the night before (waste must be at the curb by 6:30 a.m.) and leave room for snow banks caused by plows. Please shovel a spot for your carts or bags, and do not place waste on top of snow banks.
  • Drive according to road conditions and pack an emergency car kit.
  • Be cautious around waterways and ponds as temperatures rise.
  • Please keep fire hydrants clear of snow.
  • Check to make sure your 72 hour emergency kit is ready and well stocked.
  • Continue to use extreme caution in parks and on trials.

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

Wind chill warning issued for Guelph

Guelph, ON, January 29, 2014 – Environment Canada has issued a wind chill warning for Guelph, with temps as low as -30 °C.

The City’s winter control team continues to clean-up from last weekend’s snow event. Plows are out on the main routes. The colder than average temperatures are hampering the use of road salt which will not melt in these extreme temperatures. Main and secondary routes are generally clear this morning, with only some isolated snow drifts being reported.

Sidewalk crews have moved into the residential neighbourhoods and continue to clear snow.

The longer range forecast indicates approximately 10 cm of snow for this weekend. City crews are monitoring weather forecasts and are prepared to respond as needed.

The City reminds residents of the following to help stay safe in winter weather:

  • Please move parked cars off the streets to make room for snow plows.
  • High snow banks in residential neighbourhoods may be a safety hazard to those backing vehicles out onto roadways. Where possible, residents are asked to lower snow banks along their driveways to allow for better sightlines.
  • Drive according to road conditions and pack an emergency car kit.
  • If you’re able, please help clear sidewalks near your property, and if you require assistance (disabled or elderly) please call Snow Angels at 519-822-1155.
  • In areas where the sidewalks have not been cleared, pedestrians and motorists are asked to take extra care to watch out for each other.
  • Please place garbage carts/bags at the curb on the morning of collection rather than the night before (waste must be at the curb by 6:30 a.m.) and leave room for snow banks caused by plows. Please shovel a spot for your carts or bags, and do not place waste on top of snow banks.
  • Check to make sure your 72 hour emergency kit is ready and well stocked.
  • Continue to use extreme caution in parks and on trials.
  • Please keep fire hydrants clear of snow.
  • Help keep storm drains clear.

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

Blowing snow warning continues for Guelph and area

Guelph, ON, January 25, 2014–As strong winds and falling snow continue in Guelph today, the City is asking people to exercise caution if driving or cycling in the area.

Environment Canada issued a blowing snow warning for the area, and reports very strong southwest winds of 40 to 60 kilometres per hour, combined with falling snow are resulting in widespread blowing snow, lowering visibility to 500 metres or less.

City snow removal trucks have been out all night, focusing on the city’s main and secondary routes. As of 7 a.m., ten trucks on these routes have been plowing snow drifts to allow for safer vehicle passage. Salt and organic traction control material is not being used as in the extreme temperature they only worsen slippery roads conditions.

The City is asking for people’s patience and assistance in response to this weather.

  • Snow removal is underway, and residents can call 519-837-5628 to report a problem with road conditions.
  • Please move parked cars off the streets to make room for snow plows, and help keep storm drains clear.
  • Drive according to road conditions, pack an emergency car kit, and treat any non-functioning traffic signals like a four-way stop.
  • The City will clear sidewalks as soon as possible, and your assistance is appreciated. If you’re able, please help clear sidewalks near your property, and if you require assistance (disabled or elderly) please call Snow Angels at 519-822-1155.
  • In areas where the sidewalks have not been cleared, pedestrians and motorists are asked to take extra care to watch out for each other.
  • Please place garbage carts/bags at the curb on the morning of collection rather than the night before (waste must be at the curb by 6:30 a.m.) and leave room for snow banks caused by plows. Please shovel a spot for your carts or bags, and do not place waste on top of snow banks.
  • Check to make sure your 72 hour emergency kit is ready and well stocked.
  • Call 911 to report downed power lines, stay clear and be patient as crews respond.

The City’s winter maintenance service helps ensure community safety every day and during this extreme weather event. The City will provide continued updates to the community, and invites people to subscribe to updates using Twitter or Facebook.

Guelph making progress on storm cleanup, recovery

Guelph, ON, January 24, 2014 – City crews are making progress on storm cleanup and recovery following December’s ice storm.

“Crews have been working tirelessly to cleanup after the recent ice storm, providing brush chipping in residential areas and cleanup in City parks,” said Martin Neumann, the City’s manager of Forestry. “Staff is working on addressing priorities, specifically clearing access and removing hazards on main community trails and high-traffic park areas, as well as removing damaged branches from residential areas.”

The City’s forestry activities are 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. It is anticipated Phase 3 will be completed by mid-February, and Phase 4 will be wrapped up by late 2014. Crews are concurrently working on Phase 3 and Phase 4 activities to make the most efficient use of equipment and staff resources. The timing of Phase 5 will be based on Phase 4 completion and is estimated to occur in spring 2015 at the earliest.

City crews are working in the hard-hit Brant Avenue/Muskoka Drive area and proceeding to move southward on the city’s east side. Other hard-hit residential areas of the city, including west of the Hanlon Expressway, north of the Speed River, and older residential areas with more mature trees surrounding the downtown have received attention and may be revisited again.

The Eramosa River and the Hanlon Creek trails have been cleared and are open to the public. Work continues on Royal City and Exhibition parks.

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 pick up and chip branches and brush. Branches that are frozen in snow banks or buried in snow will be addressed after the snow melts.
  • Continue to report tree hazards to operations@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.
  • Continue to use extreme caution in parks and on trails.
  • In areas where the sidewalks have not been cleared, pedestrians and motorists are asked to take extra care and watch out for each other.
  • Please keep fire hydrants clear of snow.
  • Help keep storm drains clear.

The City’s winter maintenance service helps ensure community safety every day, and in the event of extreme weather. The City will provide continued updates to the community, and invites people to subscribe to updates using Twitter or Facebook.

For more information

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

Guelph continues storm cleanup and recovery

Guelph, ON, January 10, 2014 – With warmer weather and rain forecasted for this weekend, the City is asking residents to be cautious around waterways, help clear blocked storm drains, and fire hydrants

“As the snow melts and water levels rise, we’re asking people to stay away from rivers and ponds,” said Bill Barr, acting general manager of Public Works. “City crews will be busy again this weekend clearing fallen tree limbs and branches, particularly those still hanging or posing a potential hazard. If they’re able, we’re asking residents to help clear storm drains and catch basins to prevent flooding, and any help clearing sidewalks and fire hydrants would be appreciated as well.”

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

  • Be cautious around waterways and ponds as temperatures hover around freezing.
  • Please drive according to road conditions and call 519-837-5628 to report problem spots.
  • In areas where the sidewalks have not been cleared, pedestrians and motorists are asked to take extra care and watch out for each other.
  • Report tree hazards to operations@guelph.ca or call 519-837-5628 and include your name, contact information and the street address where the tree is located.
  • Please keep fire hydrants clear of snow.
  • Help keep storm drains clear.

Guelph’s storm recovery and cleanup efforts will continue over the next eight weeks. Specifically, the City’s forestry activities are prioritized as follows:

  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.

Residents are asked to avoid treed areas in parks and trails, and bring fallen branches and trees from private properties to the Waste Resource Innovation Centre at 110 Dunlop Drive for free disposal.

The City’s winter maintenance service helps ensure community safety every day, and in the event of extreme weather. The City will provide continued updates to the community, and invites people to subscribe to updates using Twitter or Facebook.

“Many thanks to the City of Guelph and Guelph Hydro staff for working diligently to deal with the aftermath of these two storms,” said Mayor Karen Farbridge. “Stay safe and continue to be patient as City crews address icy roadways and sidewalks, and downed trees.”

Media contact

Shawn Armstrong
General Manager, Emergency Services/Fire Chief
519-822-1260 extension 2125
shawn.armstrong@guelph.ca

Snow squall and wind chill warning for Guelph and area

Guelph, ON, January 6, 2014–With more severe weather on its way to Guelph, the City is asking people be patient as Public Works crews continue clearing roads and sidewalks.

Environment Canada issued a snow squall and wind chill warning for the area. Dangerous snow squalls and extreme wind chills of minus 35 to 40 degrees Celsius are expected this evening. Anyone travelling is reminded to have sufficient fuel and a car emergency kit.

The City is asking for people’s patience and assistance in responding to this extreme weather event.

  • Snow removal is underway, and residents can call 519-837-5628 to report a problem with road conditions.
  • Please move parked cars off the streets to make room for snow plows, and help keep storm drains clear.
  • Drive according to road conditions, pack an emergency car kit, and treat any non-functioning traffic signals like a four-way stop.
  • The City will clear sidewalks as soon as possible, and your assistance is appreciated. If you’re able, please help clear sidewalks near your property, and if you require assistance (disabled or elderly) please call Snow Angels at 519-822-1155.
  • Due to limited quantities of de-icing material available, residents are asked not to use the material in neighbourhood bins. Free de-icing material is available at 50 Municipal Street.
  • In areas where the sidewalks have not been cleared, pedestrians and motorists are asked to take extra care to watch out for each other.
  • Please place garbage carts/bags at the curb on the morning of collection rather than the night before (waste must be at the curb by 6:30 a.m.) and leave room for snow banks caused by plows. Please shovel a spot for your carts or bags, and do not place waste on top of snow banks.
  • Check to make sure your 72 hour emergency kit is ready and well stocked.
  • Call 911 to report downed power lines, stay clear and be patient as crews respond.

All Guelph Transit routes are running, though there may be delays due to road conditions, and all  recreation programs will proceed as scheduled.

The weather is slowing efforts to clean up fallen tree limbs and branches from December’s ice storm. City-wide cleanup efforts will continue over the next eight weeks. Residents are asked to avoid treed areas in parks and trails, and bring fallen branches and trees from private properties to the Waste Resource Innovation Centre at 110 Dunlop Drive for free disposal. 

The City’s winter maintenance service helps ensure community safety every day and during this extreme weather event. The City will provide continued updates to the community, and invites people to subscribe to updates using Twitter or Facebook.

Media contact

Shawn Armstrong
General Manager, Fire and Emergency Services/Fire Chief
519-822-1260 extension 2125
shawn.armstrong@guelph.ca

Cleanup underway in aftermath of storm

Guelph, ON, December 31, 2013 – In the aftermath of the recent ice storm, the City of Guelph has shifted from emergency response to recovery, and is focused primarily on removing large tree limbs hanging over sidewalks, roads, and other public spaces that are a public safety concern.

The City is actively cleaning up forest debris and is now focused largely on two areas that have the greatest number of downed trees and branches, and where the greatest risk to public safety exists: the centre of the city, which centres around the downtown branch of the Guelph Public Library, and the city’s west end.

Parks in which scheduled programs like volunteer-run ice rinks and public events are also a priority for clean-up crews.

The City reminds property owners that the municipality is responsible for removing City-owned hanging and downed trees, branches and debris. Property owners who require assistance with downed trees and branches on their private property are encouraged to contact their home insurance provider or a private arborist. Property owners who are able to remove debris from their property themselves are asked to bring it to the Waste Resource Innovation Centre at 110 Dunlop Drive for free disposal.

The City reminds residents to consider the following for safety:

  • Ensure your 72 hour emergency kit is ready and well stocked. If you used it in the aftermath of the storm, replenish it as more winter weather is forecast and tree limbs affected by ice continue to fall which could cause further power outages.
  • Please bring fallen branches and trees from private properties to the Waste Resource Innovation Centre at 110 Dunlop Drive for free disposal. View public drop off hours. Do not place them at the curb.
  • Pedestrians should exercise caution if debris covering sidewalks requires you to move to roadways. Motorists are asked to travel with caution and keep an eye out for pedestrians who may have had to step onto roadways to avoid debris.
  • Exercise caution when in parks and treed areas as trees continue to be impacted by ice and may fall or lose branches.
  • Drive according to road conditions, pack an emergency car kit, regard caution tape as you would a road closure, and treat any non-functioning traffic signals like a four-way stop
  • Please be careful when walking. Be a good neighbour, if you have salt available, help treat icy sidewalks in your neighbourhood

For more information

Shawn Armstrong
General Manager, Fire and Emergency Services/Fire Chief
519-822-1260 extension 2125
shawn.armstrong@guelph.ca

Exercise caution when going outside

Updated on Tuesday, December 24 at 12:30 p.m.

Guelph, ON, December 23, 2013 – The City is asking people to exercise caution when going outside as City staff continue to address the aftermath of the ice storm.

Guelph Transit routes are on schedule. Guelph Transit is back online. Phones, email and social media are working.

Guelph Hydro is reporting a small number of customers are still without power at this time. City staff and Guelph Hydro officials are contacting impacted customers who might require assistance with shelter or food. Guelph-Wellington Emergency Medical Services and Guelph Fire Department crews are assisting by going door to door to ensure the safety of residents. The City has also alerted Red Cross and Social Service officials in the event any immediate needs are identified. If you still do not have power and require immediate emergency assistance please contact the City at 519-837-5628.

“We are working to ensure that any households who still do not have power have the assistance they need,” said Mayor Karen Farbridge. “My thanks to the City of Guelph and Guelph Hydro staff who have been working around the clock to deal with the aftermath of the storm.”

Please continue to be patient as Public Works and Guelph Hydro crews address icy residential roads and sidewalks, downed trees and power outages across the city.

Due to numerous sites with downed branches, several road closures, and power outages in the area residents are asked consider the following for safety:

  • Drive 30 km/h on residential streets, which are still icy and slick. City crews continue to clear and salt the roads. Please use extra care while navigating around crews at work
  • Drive according to road conditions, pack an emergency car kit, view caution tape like a road closure, and treat any non-functioning traffic signals like a four-way stop
  • Call 911 to report downed power lines, stay clear and please be patient as Guelph Hydro and City crews respond
  • Stay out of parks and treed areas as trees continue to be impacted by ice and may fall or lose branches. Clearing downed trees and branches remains a priority for City staff.
  • To report a fallen tree please contact operations@guelph.ca or call 519-837-5628, be sure to include the street address where the tree is located. Please be patient as calls are prioritized
  • Move cars off the street to make room for salt trucks, and help clear storm drains in residential areas
  • Please be careful when walking. Most sidewalks should be cleared and treated with salt by this evening. Be a good neighbour, if you have salt available, help treat icy sidewalks in your neighbourhood
  • Be cautious around waterways and ponds as temperatures hover around freezing
  • Do not use outdoor appliances indoors; fuel powered generators, barbecues and patio heaters can cause lethal carbon monoxide build-up
  • Once the storm is over, please bring fallen branches and trees from private properties to the Waste Resource Innovation Centre at 110 Dunlop Drive for free disposal. View public drop off hours.

Guelph City Hall and the West End Community Centre are no longer serving as warming centres.

The Sleeman Centre and River Run Centre will remain open as long as they have power.

The Sparkles in the Park event at Riverside Park is canceled.

“We’re working as fast as we can to make sure people can travel through the city safely, but it’s going to take some time,” said Shawn Armstrong, general manager of Emergency Services. “We’re asking for people’s patience.”

The City may continue to experience downed power lines as branches fall. Please check to make sure your 72 hour emergency kit is ready and well stocked.

The City’s winter maintenance service helps ensure community safety every day, and during this exceptional weather event. City emergency management staff will continue to monitor this situation as it evolves, and provide updates to the community.

Media contact

Shawn Armstrong
General Manager, Fire and Emergency Services/Fire Chief
519-822-1260 x 2125
shawn.armstrong@guelph.ca

Severe ice storm expected for Guelph and area

Guelph, ON, December 20, 2013 – Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Guelph and the surrounding area as several storm systems move toward the region. The severe winter weather is expected to last through the weekend.

An ice storm is expected for much of Southern Ontario, including a mix of freezing rain, flurries and ice pellets.

Residents are urged to remove parked cars from the streets and avoid driving. If people do need to travel they should drive according to road conditions, and pack an emergency car kit.

The Grand River Conservation Authority is also asking residents to be cautious around waterways  and ponds as Guelph is expected to receive 40-60 mm of precipitation, and temperatures will hover around freezing.

There is a risk for power outages and Guelph Hydro urges people to stay clear of downed power lines. Residents should check to see that their 72 hour emergency kit is ready.

“Right now we’re making sure all vehicles equipment and staff are ready to respond as quickly as possible,” said Rodney Keller, general manager of Public Works. “Crews will be very busy for the next few days, so we’re asking for people’s patience, and even their assistance to ensure community safety. If they’re able, we hope residents will move cars off the street, and help clear icy sidewalks and storm drains in residential areas so we can keep the city running as smoothly as possible.”

The City is committed to keeping roads safe and clear of snow and ice with an effective winter maintenance service. These services include snow clearing and spreading salt, brine or sand.

For more information

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