After the Storm: Free Tree Debris Pick-Up in Charlottetown from Oct. 22
The City of Charlottetownwould be helping residents pick up debris at no cost, from Oct. 22-26. This was announced in a tweet on the official twitter page of Charlottetown PEI, which read “ChtownPE is offering free tree debris pick-up from October 22 - 26 for property owners in the City whose trees sustained damaged during the wind storm. Contact the Public Works Department at 902-894-5208 to arrange for pick-up next week.”
Property owners required to cut down all big sections of wood to manageable sizes and gather all tree debris near the road. After which they can contact 902-894-5208 to arrange for pick-up.Brown yard debris bags will not be collected during this pickupbut will be picked up as per the normal schedule, through Island Waste Management’s fall clean-up in November.
It could be recalled that strong winds had recently led to power outages for residents across P.E.I— particularly in Prince County. Reports by CBC News, say the windstorm cut off power from nearly 20,000 Maritime Electric customers. At about 2:30 p.m on the fateful day, there were close to 500 customers without power, but by 4:30 that number had risen to 1,280.
The power outages were spread across the Island and involved all of West Prince. Maritime Electric confirmed that strong winds had felled a large tree, which hit the power lines that supplied power to the area west of Summerside.
The power outage also affected schools in the Westisle and Three Oaks families closed at 12:30 p.m. The Montague family schools were also affected by a power outage and were shut down, same as West Kent Elementary School which closed at 1:30 p.m. The Confederation Bridge was equally shut down for almost one hour by strong winds on the Northumberland Strait and restricted high-sided vehicles.
The wind also affected the movement of ferries.Four cruise ships with a capacity of close to 6,000 passengers which had been scheduled in the harbour, were all cancelled because of the strong winds.
"We are looking at what is known as a weather bomb," said CBC meteorologist Jay Scotland.
"It's a meteorological term that essentially means that the area of low pressure, the storm system, is bombing out, or there's a real rapid drop in pressure."
Power outages caused by strong winds and trees are not new in PEI and its environs. Around this same time last year, there were power outages around the Quebec caused by the weather. In a news release, Hydro-Québec had said the outages were mostly due to branches touching power lines due to strong winds.
The National Weather Service shares some tips about keeping safe in bad weather.
- The safest place to be during high winds is indoors.
- If you are caught outside during high winds, take cover next to a building or under a shelter.
- In the event of a downed power line, call for help. Report downed lines to your local utility emergency centre and to the police. Do not try to free lines or to remove debris yourself.