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Friday, May 27, 2022

Community rallies together after devastating storm

BY VANESSA STARK

The storm that hit Saturday afternoon left many residents with much work to do, cleaning up after the devastation.

In true rural community fashion, many residents within all townships of Peterborough County could be seen out on the roads or with neighbours trying to help where they could.  

After the storm, many trees littered roadways and driveways, roofing was flying around yards and road sides and much was left to be picked up.

Residents could be seen with their own chainsaws, other equipment, and elbow grease picking up what they could to clear the roads for safe travel.

Though residents where helping where they could, most municipalities dispatched all available public work employees and firefighters.

Peterborough County also asked that motorists stay off the road while public works cleared large debris.

Many landfill sites also opened for residents free of charge to drop off brush and debris from the storm.

In Selwyn, the Smith Landfill was open for residents on the Monday of the long weekend for residents to drop off brush debris, spoiled food, or items broken due to the storm free of charge.

The Bridgenorth Community Hall was opened on Tuesday, May 24 for Selwyn Township residents to charge devices and medical equipment.

The Selwyn Library branch in Bridgenorth was also open on Tuesday although the Ennismore and Lakefield branches remained closed.

Hydro was restored at the North Kawartha Community Centre on May 22 at 5:30 p.m. meaning that their facility was open to the public for use of their water station, washrooms, Wi-Fi, charging outlets, and their provincial polling station.

In Douro Dummer, the township office and town hall was open on Tuesday for residents to charge devices and medical equipment as well as to access WiFi. Tap water was available and a limited amount of water bottles. Douro Dummer also allowed residents to drop off spoiled food free of charge to the Transfer Station on County Road 6.

There were no updates as to which Trent Lakes services were operational as of press time.

For more information contact your local municipality.