Storms can cause damage throughout our community and we want to make sure that you are equipped to properly handle these situations. 

Check back on this page for updates regarding current storms as well as past ones. If you have additional concerns, be sure to call 905-985-7346.


Current Update

Scugog Storm Update - May 24, 2022

Township crews worked through the weekend to clear debris and reopen roads where possible. Several roads remain closed due to trees in contact with hydro wires. Staff are working with hydro to clear these areas as quickly as possible, but it will take a couple more days to reopen all roads. In addition to roads, some public parks, sidewalks, and trails have debris or downed trees and may be closed.

Mayor Drew extends her thoughts and good wishes to all affected residents, “Thank you to our incredible community for their patience and neighbourly assistance offered to one another over the course of the weekend. The storm left many with considerable damage and sustained power losses. On the heels of National Public Works Week where we celebrated public works always ready resilient to serve their community, I am so incredibly grateful to Scugog Operations, Fire and Emergency Services along with our energy partners for their immediate response and action.”

Power restoration

Hydro One provided an update that 168,614 customers, approximately 1,500 in Scugog, remain without power. Damage includes over 1,000 broken poles, and just as many downed power lines, along with countless trees and large branches causing power outages. Elexicon Energy reporting 6,600 customers, approximately fifty in Scugog, remain without power.

While they continue to make progress, restoration efforts are expected to continue over the coming days.

Customers can continue to report their outage by texting 92887 (WATTS), online, through the company’s outage map and app, or by calling 1-800-434-1235. An estimated time of restoration will be assigned to each outage as damage is assessed. Customers can view the current status of their outage through the outage map, however it is important to note the status of these incidents may change as damage continues to be assessed and work occurs on-site.

Road Closures

Highway 7A has been reopened along with several Township roads. Parks and trails will be further assessed today, and we ask residents to watch for closures and continue to use caution.

For the most up to date information on road closures please go to Scugog traffic watch map.

Assistance for residents without power

Scugog locations open for residents in need of recharging devices, potable water and accessing Wi-Fi include:

  • Port Perry Fire Station – 30 Crandell Street, 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Caesarea Fire Station – 3550 Durham Road 57, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Scugog Memorial Public Library – Tuesday, May 24 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Please visit scugoglibrary.ca for hours of operation. Public washrooms available
  • Scugog Community Recreation Centre – 1655 Reach Street, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Main lobby, potable water and public washrooms available
  • Scugog Municipal Office – 181 Perry Street, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mon to Fri public washrooms available

Assistance with Downed Trees and Limbs

Residents are asked to neatly pile tree debris (regardless of size) at the side of the road. Township staff and contractors will be chipping and removing the debris. Please do not pile debris on sidewalks, roadways, or shoulders or dump debris in public parks.

Do not attempt to clean up trees that are within ten meters of a power line.

Property owners with property damage as a result of the storm should notify their homeowner insurance provider.

Disposal of Waste

To support residents in the safe disposal of debris caused by the storm, Durham Region’s Waste Management Facilities (WMFs) will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. as of Tuesday, May 24 until Saturday, May 28.

Waste Management Facilities will accept any household food, leaf and yard waste that is dropped off over the next two weeks (until June 6 unless otherwise extended). Additionally, the typical fee for Durham Region residents using the WMFs will be waived.

Residents in Town of Ajax, Municipality of Clarington, City of Pickering and the Townships of Brock, Scugog and Uxbridge can also take advantage of their curbside leaf and yard waste curbside collection on their scheduled collection date.

Health Information

Food safety

For residents, whose refrigerators were impacted due to power outages, ensure that any food above 4 degrees Celsius is discarded. When in doubt, throw it out. More information is available on the Durham Region Health Department Food safety page and on the Government of Canada’s Food safety in an emergency page.

Flooding and drinking water

If the water in your well was affected by flooding, stop using the water from your home immediately. Test your well water first before using. Do not use the water, even if you have a disinfection system. Learn more on the Durham Region Health Department’s Flooding page.

Well water

Well water can become contaminated after extreme weather and flooding. Ensure your well water is safe during and after emergencies on the Government of Canada’s Be Well Aware page.

General well water information

Residents with private wells can get more information about well water maintenance and safety on the Durham Region Health Department’s Private wells page.

Additional details and updates will be communicated on scugog.ca/news and on Scugog social media channels, follow @TwpofScugog. For general questions please email works@scugog.ca

 


Update from Durham Region

Important health, well water, waste disposal and road closure information in response to storm 
Whitby, Ontario – The Regional Municipality of Durham is sharing important information for residents affected by the recent storm, including road closures, food safety tips, well water safety, and the safe disposal of yard waste at the Waste Management Facilities (WMFs).

 

Health information:

Food safety
For residents whose refrigerators were impacted due to power outages, ensure that any food above 4 degrees Celsius is discarded. When in doubt, throw it out. More information is available on the Durham Region Health Department Food safety page and on the Government of Canada’s Food safety in an emergency page.

Flooding and drinking water
If the water in your well was affected by flooding, stop using the water from your home immediately. Test your well water first before using. Do not use the water, even if you have a disinfection system. Learn more on the Durham Region Health Department’s Flooding page.

Well water
Well water can become contaminated after extreme weather and flooding. Ensure your well water is safe during and after emergencies on the Government of Canada’s Be Well Aware page.

General well water information
Residents with private wells can get more information about well water maintenance and safety on the Durham Region Health Department’s Private wells page.

Storm debris disposal:

Waste Management Facilities (WMFs)
To support residents in the safe disposal of debris caused by the storm, Durham Region’s WMFs will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. as of Tuesday, May 24 until Saturday, May 28.

Leaf and yard waste
Waste Management Facilities will also accept any leaf and yard waste that is dropped off over the next two weeks (until June 6 unless otherwise extended). Additionally, the typical fee for Durham Region residents using the WMFs will be waived for leaf and yard waste to support the storm recovery. Learn more about WMFs at durham.ca/WMF.

Residents in Town of Ajax, Municipality of Clarington, City of Pickering and the Townships of Brock, Scugog and Uxbridge can also take advantage of their curbside leaf and yard waste curbside collection on their scheduled collection date.

Please note: Leaf and yard waste collection for Oshawa and Whitby residents is the responsibility of those individual municipalities, not the Region of Durham. These residents are asked to check their waste calendars, or contact their local municipality, regarding the collection of leaf and yard waste.

 

Road closures:

Town of Whitby
Thickson Road is closed, north and south, from Consumers Drive to Burns Street East due for ongoing repairs to power lines. Ongoing closures and lane restrictions will be required until the repairs are complete.

Town of Ajax
Westney Road, between Taunton and Highway 7, and Bayly Street, from Salem Road to Burcher Road, are closed due to down power lines and trees.

For the most up-to-date information on power outages and planned restoration times, refer to the Elexicon, Oshawa Power, and Hydro One outage websites.

For the latest news and updates on service disruptions, please follow the Region of Durham on Twitter and Facebook, or visit our website at durham.ca.

 

Media inquiries:
The Regional Municipality of Durham:
Emily Meek – Communications Advisor 
289-830-8601 or CorporateCommunications@durham.ca 

 


FAQ

Why did Scugog not Declare a State of Emergency?

The Township of Scugog has received a few calls and emails asking why we did not declare a state of emergency. Immediately following the storm, Township of Scugog Operations staff and the Fire Chief did a preliminary assessment, and it was determined that the major extent of damage was trees and hydro infrastructure. Fortunately, Scugog did not suffer extensive structural damage to critical infrastructure like the hospital, nursing homes or widespread residential. There were pockets of localized damage caused by downed trees concentrated in the eastern side of Scugog and downed hydro poles resulted in many road closures. Given the result of the assessment and the time of the year, the hydro outage did not warrant declaring a state of emergency.

Our neighbours in Uxbridge experienced much worse with widespread damage and it was confirmed today that an EF2 tornado did touch down there. Scugog experienced the accompanying storm effects of that system. Declaring a state of emergency is not required to action a response from the municipality. Township staff and crews worked over the weekend and continue to work alongside Hydro and the Region to clean up tree debris and restore power to affected areas. Most of Scugog power has been restored and we have opened public space and the fire stations to offer resident assistance to recharge devices, use facilities and fill containers for potable water.


Past Updates

Storm Update Sunday, May 22, 2022

 Widespread power outages and road closures continue after yesterday’s severe storm.  Township crews have been out clearing roads, however, many roads remain closed due to trees in contact with hydro wires. Staff are working with hydro to clear these areas as quickly as possible but it will likely take a few days to reopen all roads. In addition to roads, some public parks and trails have debris or downed trees and may be closed. Please remember to stay clear of hydro lines and do not attempt to remove downed trees.

Power restoration information can be found by following Hydro One storm centre page https://www.hydroone.com/power-outages-and-safety/stormcentre-outage-map?bodyOnly=true/ or the Elexicon outage page https://elexiconenergy.com/outages. For information on road closures go to Scugog traffic watch map . For nonemergency roads issues please call the after-hours number at 905-434-2173.

For emergencies, please dial 911. Should anyone from Scugog need assistance due to the outage, please make your way to one of the following locations Port Perry Fire Station, 30 Crandell Street or the Caesarea Fire Station 3550 Durham Road 57. The fire stations will remain open to the public until 9 p.m. and will reopen tomorrow at 9 a.m. To assist residents, both the Scugog Community Recreation Centre at 1655 Reach St. and The Blackstock Recreation Complex at 3340 Church Street will open tomorrow morning (holiday Monday) from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

Additional updates will be communicated through @TwpofScugog on Twitter or on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TownshipOfScugog

 Storm Update Saturday, May 21, 2022
Earlier today a severe storm passed through Scugog with heavy rain and high winds. The storm caused downed trees and hydro lines resulting in widespread power outages. Some roads in the vicinity of Scugog area have been closed. Roads operations and Fire and Emergency Services have been working to clear debris and downed trees. Road closures may be due to downed power lines and roads will be cleared by priority. Please remember to stay clear of hydro lines and do not attempt to remove downed trees. We ask for your patience while services and road access are restored. 

Power outage information can be found by following Hydro One storm centre page https://www.hydroone.com/power-outages-and-safety/stormcentre-outage-map?bodyOnly=true/ or the  Elexicon outage page https://elexiconenergy.com/outages  for power restoration updates. Road closures will be communicated via Scugog 511 and available on the Scugog traffic watch map . For nonemergency roads issues please call the after-hours number at 905-434-2173.

For emergencies, please dial 911. Should anyone from Scugog need assistance due to the outage, please make your way to either the Port Perry Fire Station, 30 Crandell Street or the Caesarea Fire Station 3550 Durham Road 57. Fire and Emergency Service are onsite to assist.  

Additional updates will be communicated through @TwpofScugog on Twitter or on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TownshipOfScugog