While most Hamilton residents had their power restored by Monday, the city is keeping two warming centres open today for residents still without electricity.
Hunting Park Recreation Centre and North Wentworth Arena remain open Tuesday and throughout the night as warming centres.
Residents are permitted to charge up their mobile devices and utilize the showers. City staff will reassess the requirements for continued operation of the warming centres.
Horizon and Hydro One staff continue to respond to customers without power and are working to ensure power is restored to homes as quickly as possible.
Hydro One reports about 9,000 people in the Ancaster, Dundas and Flamborough areas are still in the dark Tuesday morning following the weekend’s ice storm.
On Tuesday morning, Horizon Utilities reported a few dozen customers were still without power in the Upper Sherman and Fennell Avenue area, as well as four customers on Upper Gage Avenue. Various localized outages were also being reported across the city.
City forestry and all available parks crews are also out responding to calls and ensuring limbs are being pulled off roads. Residents are asked, where possible, to leave branches at curb side for pick up. City staff anticipate that the pick of branches may take up to two weeks and will occur on regularly scheduled collection days.
Waste and recycling collection continues as scheduled this week. There will be no green cart, recycling, yard waste, bulk items, or garbage pick-up on Wednesday, Dec. 25 and Wednesday, Jan.1, 2014.
Pick-up will occur on the day after your regularly scheduled pick-up for residents with Wednesday, Thursday or Friday collection days. Waste must be at the curb for pick-up by 7 a.m.
Salt and sand is being applied to roadways and all available crews have been pressed into service. Sidewalks and bus stops are also receiving material application to ensure they are safe for residents.
HSR buses are running at full service and are not experiencing any interruptions. For any emergencies related to city-services, residents are asked to call 905-546-CITY (2489). The contact centre is open 24 hours a day.
For updates during an emergency event and other City of Hamilton information, visit the city website at www.hamilton.ca.
-With files from the Hamilton Spectator