Since the storm of May 21st, Public Works staff have been fully deployed to support storm recovery and cleanup. As of June 7, approximately 8,770 lane kms of debris has been cleared on the roadways equating to 67% of the roadway network. 152 Parks have been cleared of debris with another 528 parks inspected and being triaged for cleanup. The Trail Road Landfill has also received approximately 260 metric tons from the green bin organics blitz which is roughly the weight of 16 school buses. In addition, Traffic Services staff have performed repairs at approximately 175 signalized intersections, and to over 650 signs in the city. While we have scaled back some components of our regular operations, we are committed to returning to regular operations as soon as possible.
Public Works is trying to stay ahead of resident concerns and regular operations. The scale of the storm cleanup is substantial for Public Works staff and will take a significant amount of time and effort to finish. Your patience is greatly appreciated, as they know they are behind on some of their regular operations.
Roads & Parking
Several Roads crews have been redeployed to support debris cleanup across the city. The reallocation of staff has resulted in some delays to pothole filling and sidewalk repairs, with crews maintaining focus for pothole filling, ironworks adjustments and sidewalk repairs on hazardous, priority locations. A portion of redeployed staff will return to resume these regular operations starting this week.
The city is continuing to accept organic (examples: tree-cuttings, brush, branches) storm-related waste free-of-charge at Trail Road Waste Facility for a limited time. Residents can also put out organic waste to be collected as part of our regular weekly green bin collection. More information is available on the City’s regularly updated Storm response web page.
The city is resuming regular cycles for waste collection in parks however, it may take a few days to catch up.
Parks Maintenance & Forestry
Residents are encouraged to continue to place trees, stumps, and root systems curbside if possible. We are asking residents to continue separating larger debris from regular curbside items to support efficient collection. Dedicated clean-up crews will pick up this debris as they move throughout the city. This collection may take several weeks due to the scale of the storm.
The city is resuming maintenance of passive parkland and roadside grass cutting and is working towards returning reallocated staff to regular operations. While we have resumed regular grass cutting, it may take several weeks to complete the current maintenance cycle. Parks operations will be catching up to mowing operations through the week of June 21st and starting a second cycle. Parks crews will also continue to address debris clean up in parks over the next couple of weeks. We ask for your patience as we get caught up in the aftermath of this severe storm.
As of June 3rd, power has been restored to all intersections. Traffic services staff have been working on traffic calming measures and are expecting that temporary traffic calming measures will be reinstated by the June 24th deadline. Over the next few weeks, we will address the minor to damage street lights, poles, and traffic signs.