Last weekend's storm has damaged nearly 2,000 trees and partially blocked at least 170 roads in Hamilton, according to new numbers from the city.
City forestry crews have responded to 1,929 calls about storm-damaged trees and 192 calls about branches too big to be disposed of as yard waste, the city said in a statement.
As of Thursday morning, crews had answered and resolved 809 forestry-related calls. And parks and road staff are still helping with clean-up efforts.
The damage happened on July 19 when fierce wind and rains pummeled Hamilton. About 20,000 people were without power, some for as long as six days.
Crews will work throughout this week to pick up the remaining tree debris.
For those cleaning up after the storm, the city offers the following advice:
- Seniors and residents with no insurance or supports should call the city at 905-546-3057 for help in cleaning up after the storm.
- Waste collection continued Tuesday, and quantity limits will be waived through to Monday, July 29 inclusive. The city will reassess on Monday.
- The city will waive fees at waste transfer stations and community recycling centres until the end of Saturday, July 27.
- Grocery cards and food vouchers are available at the city's four major food banks, as well as seniors centres and clubs across the city, for low-income people who lost food during the power outage. To be eligible, people must provide proof of income. Single people will receive a $50 gift card, couples a $75 gift card and families of three or more a $100 card.
- Place damaged food in green carts with the packaging removed on the regularly scheduled day.