Residents Reminded to Shelter in Place

Residents Reminded to Shelter in Place, Stay Off Roads
Posted on 09/07/2019
The City of Charlottetown’s EMO (Emergency Measures Organization) team continues to monitor the impacts of Hurricane Dorian. Several dozen downed trees and branches as well as power pole(s) and wires have been reported and crews are working to keep the roadways clear for emergency personnel. Conditions continue to worsen and RCMP and Charlottetown Police are advising motorists to stay off of the roads. The public is advised that North River Road is closed between Burns Avenue and Warburton Drive, including access to Beach Grove Road due to downed power poles.

Overflow shelter support is currently available at Jack Blanchard Hall (7 Pond Street). It will remain open until at least noon on Sunday, September 8. Further decisions will be made based on weather and any updates or announcements on the shelter will by made by the Province’s Department of Social Development and Housing. Food will be provided through the Upper Room Soup Kitchen and sleeping bags and pillows will also be available. Bedford-MacDonald House will remain open 24/7 and Blooming House opened earlier today.

Residents are, once again, being advised to stay safe and shelter in place during the storm. Additional staff are on standby, emergency personnel are prepped and plans are in place for reception centres or emergency shelters throughout the city tomorrow (Sunday, September 8) if needed, with a further announcement on at 8 a.m. The City’s EMO team will assess damage, infrastructure, outages and where the needs in the capital are before opening any of the centres. Reception centres will not be open until a damage assessment is completed. Residents are encouraged to check-in with neighbours and loved ones when it is safe to do so. In an emergency situation, residents are reminded to call 911.

To report a water leak or watermain break, fire hydrant issues, sewer backup or a missing manhole covers, contact the Water and Sewer Utility at: 902-626-2100. To report a catch basin problem, downed tree, or issue with City infrastructure, contact 902-629-6916. All other inquires can be directed to 902-566-5548. Any downed power lines or trees on power lines should be reported directly to Maritime Electric at 1-800-670-1012.

Any announcements regarding the City of Charlottetown’s operations, including potential reception centres or emergency shelters, should they be required, will be made through local media, on the City’s website at www.charlottetown.ca/news, and through social media (Twitter: @ChtownPE and Facebook: @CityofCharlottetown). City partners will also assist in disseminating information.

Other updates from the City’s EMO team will be made as information is available.