Update from Charlottetown’s EMO Team

Update from Charlottetown’s EMO Team
Posted on 09/08/2019
Sunday, September 8, 2019 (as of 8 a.m.)

The City of Charlottetown’s Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) continues to monitor and assess damage following Tropical Storm (Hurricane) Dorian. There are many tree limbs and some trees down throughout the city and crews continue to clear the roads and public right-of-way of debris. Maritime Electric is also active, working to address power outages and downed lines. The public is asked to report downed poles or lines to Maritime Electric directly via 1-800-670-1012.

Because of widespread power outages, with prolonged impacts in some areas of the city, reception centres will be available for anyone who would like to charge their devices. At 8 a.m., West Royalty Community Centre (1 Kirkdale Road) and Hillsborough Park Community Centre (199 Patterson Drive) will open. A reception centre will also open at the Confederation Centre of the Arts (145 Richmond Street) at 8:30 a.m.

The centres will remain open until 1 p.m., with a further announcement at noon. Further decisions on the centre(s) status will be made based on power outages and damage throughout the capital.

Overflow shelter support is available at Jack Blanchard Hall (7 Pond Street). It will remain open until at least noon today (Sunday). Further decisions will be made based on weather and any updates or announcements on the shelter, as well as Bedford-MacDonald House and Blooming House will be made by the Province’s Department of Social Development and Housing.

“We would like to thank the public for their cooperation during the storm. Most people heeded the warnings to stay off the roads and shelter in place. While we have opened reception centres, we still encourage the public to stay safe and shelter at home, if possible, to keep the roads open for emergency personnel and allow cleanup efforts to continue as quickly as possible. If you have to travel please use extreme caution,” said Charlottetown EMO Coordinator and Fire Chief Randy MacDonald. “We would like to give a shout out to all of the staff, volunteers and emergency personnel who put their community before themselves and helped keep our city safe and our operations running as smoothly as possible during this weather event. Our thoughts are also with our colleagues in other parts of the Province and in Nova Scotia as they deal with the aftermath of much stronger winds than we experienced here in Charlottetown.”

Motorists are reminded that intersections ordinarily lit by traffic lights must be treated as four-way or all-way stops if the traffic lights are out.

The Charlottetown Fire Department (Station 1 and 2) received in excess of 30 calls throughout the night. Many were for general alarms or electrical issues as a result of the storm. There was a more serious electrical fire, but it was quickly contained with minimal damage thanks to a sprinkler system in place.

Flooding is under control, but there is water on the roads so motorists are urged to be cautious if travel is necessary. There will be some temporary road closures throughout the city as cleanup continues. Current closures due to downed power lines include Mount Edward Road, between Hillside Drive and Woodlawn Drive, as well as North River Road, between Burns Avenue and Warburton Drive. Northridge Parkway, between St. Peter’s Road to Hunter Lane, is also closed due to fallen trees.

To report a water leak or watermain break, fire hydrant issues, sewer backup or a missing manhole covers, contact the Water and Sewer Utility at: 902-626-2100. To report a catch basin problem, downed tree on public right-of-way, or an issue with City infrastructure, contact Public Works at 902-629-6916. General inquires can be directed to 902-566-5548. Any downed power lines or trees on power lines should be reported directly to Maritime Electric. General inquiries can be directed to 902-566-5548. This line will be staffed until 1 p.m. with a further announcement at noon.