Cleanup of downed trees, other debris continues after freak storm hits Mississauga
Published May 24, 2022 at 2:48 pm
Mississauga cleanup crews are telling people to be careful as they continue to pick up after Saturday’s unexpectedly powerful and rare storm that killed 10 people as it cut a swath of damage through southern Ontario and Quebec.
The City of Mississauga reported on social media this afternoon (May 24) that work crews continue to clean up the mess of fallen trees and other debris across the city.
“There are many downed trees and uneven paths that crews are responding to. Stay safe and be careful,” City officials tweeted.
Mississauga and some of the hardest-hit communities are still working to take stock of the damage caused by the rare storm that packed hurricane-force winds in some locations.
Hydro One was reporting about 185,000 customers across the storm’s path were still without power as of mid-afternoon Monday, though service had been restored to more than 380,000 customers.
(Photos: City of Mississauga)
Across the provincial border, Hydro-Québec had around 1,500 outages affecting just over 200,000 customers.
The storm tore through southern Ontario and Quebec in a matter of hours, breaking hydro poles and toppling towers, uprooting trees, and ripping shingles and siding off houses.
While Environment and Climate Change Canada sent out an alert warning people of the storm, the fast-moving system caught many off-guard.
The total death toll from Saturday’s storm is still unclear, but police in Ontario have reported eight people killed by falling trees in locations across the province during the storm Saturday, and a ninth killed by a falling tree branch during the aftermath on Sunday.
A 10th person died Saturday when the boat she was in capsized on the Ottawa River near Masson-Angers, Que.
The latest victim was confirmed Monday by Peterborough Police, who said a 61-year-old Lakefield man died during the storm from a falling tree.
–with files from The Canadian Pressinsauga's Editorial Standards and Policies advertising