Oshawa PUC hydro crews worked throughout the night to restore power. As of 7:30 a.m. this morning (Monday, December 23), hydro has been restored to the majority of Oshawa residents; however, there are still approximately 4,000 customers without power.
Oshawa PUC crews continue to work diligently with the goal of having power restored progressively to its customers by the end of the day, subject to no significant weather changes and additional falling tree branches and limbs onto hydro lines.
The Legends Centre, located at 1661 Harmony Road North, continues to be open as a warming centre for residents who have been without power and heat. The Legends Centre is pet-friendly although residents who are bringing a pet(s) to the warming centre are reminded to bring the pet(s) leash or harness and/or carrier. All City of Oshawa recreation facilities are open and programs are being provided as scheduled. Waste collection is operating as scheduled; however, waste collection operators anticipate some difficulty collecting from all areas today due to the inability of refuse vehicles to access some streets because of the impact of the storm. If your refuse has not been collected by the end of the day, please return it to your premises and place it out for pick up on your next scheduled collection day and the four-bag limit will be waived.
The City of Oshawa reminds residents to not clear trees from roads, sidewalks and power lines. City operations staff, Oshawa PUC and contractors continue to work around the clock to clear fallen trees and limbs and to make necessary repairs.
Residents are asked to avoid going near trees or power lines as they can continue to break and fall for several hours after the end of the precipitation. In addition, never touch power lines. A hanging power line could be charged (live) and you would run the risk of electrocution. Call 9-1-1.
If traffic lights are out, as a motorist, you must treat no signal with extreme caution and treat the intersection as if it were an all-way stop. To report a problem with a traffic signal, call the Region of Durham Works Department from Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at 905-666-8116 and after hours (evening/weekends/holidays) at 905-576-9991.