Storm Response Update May 21, 2022

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Peterborough, ON - To make it easier for emergency services to respond to calls for assistance with downed trees and power lines blocking streets throughout the City following the severe storm, residents are asked to stay home at this time except for necessary outings.

“Please stay home and keep roads clear for emergency services to get to those who need help. Staying off the roads also allows our Public Works crews to make progress clearing streets,” Mayor Diane Therrien said.

For City Public Works activities, the priority at this time is moving large fallen trees off roadways.

Early estimates are that hundreds of trees have been downed by the storm, often taking with them power lines. Residents are urged to stay away from downed power lines, as they are extremely dangerous.

“Thank you for your patience as we work to recover from this storm that has ripped through much of southern Ontario,” Therrien said. “Please stay safe. Stay clear of downed trees and power lines and take care when walking near trees that may have damaged tree limbs.”

Locations of downed trees on streets and public boulevards can be reported online at or by calling 705-745-1386.

For electricity outages, Hydro One offers online reporting tools and an electricity outage service map at

Peterborough Transit briefly suspended service due to power outages and blocked roads from downed trees and power lines before resuming service on Saturday afternoon.

There was no interruption of service for the wastewater treatment facility.

Peterborough Public Library, the Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre, and the community arenas closed at about 3 p.m. due to the power outage.