City storm cleanup will take most of the week: Porter

In this Saturday, July 23, 2016 supplied photo, a tree is snapped off near the base after an intense thunderstorm rolled through the area the night before. (Supplied via Newswatch Group)

CORNWALL — The city’s municipal arborist supervisor is asking people to be patient as crews work to clean up the damage from Friday’s intense thunderstorm, which produced a microburst.

“Basically, a lot of it is damaged (tree) limbs. The biggest call we’ve had so far is on the corner of Cumberland and Second Street (where) a limb fell on top of a bus stop from a city Oak tree. So the crews are removing that,” Scott Porter told Cornwall Newswatch Monday.

“I’ve got two bucket trucks out (with a chipping unit on each) and a chip truck crew going around chipping brush from city trees. Right now, the city is not chipping private trees. But if it’s a city tree we will be around to clean it up or if it needs to be inspected, we are going around taking a look at that.”

The city’s forestry crew is also out there working.

Porter said tree limbs on private property are the responsibility of the property owner.

They have to be bundled to conform with the garbage collection policy, which is bundles no longer than 1 meter (3 feet) and no more than 1 meter (3 feet) in diameter and no more than 27 kilograms (60 pounds).

As for the damage, Porter said it looks like the microburst started around Pitt Street and Balmoral Avenue and went north to south on an angle into the east end of the city.

“Most of the damage in the city is in the east end of town between Nick Kaneb Drive and Boundary Road and Marleau Avenue and Montreal Road,” Porter said. “With isolated spots around Cumberland.”

“Most of it’s been limbs down so there’s maybe been a couple dozen full trees that have come down. Other than that it’s been mainly limbs and broken limbs.”

Porter estimates it will take the better part of this week to clean up all the damage.

If you have a tree issue on the municipal right-of-way or city property you can call Porter at 613-930-2787 extension 2264. But if it’s an immediate safety hazard you should call the city’s main switchboard at the same number.

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