UPDATE: Storm recovery efforts 4pm Saturday September 22 2018

The City of Ottawa Public Information department is providing thisconsolidated update at this time 4pm Saturday September 22nd:

A tornado hit Ottawa on Friday, September 21. Emergency crews are concentrating on the hardest hit areas of the city: Dunrobin, Craig Henry, Arlington Woods, Hunt Club-Riverside and Paul Anka-McCarthy.

 Six residents suffered traumatic injuries and were taken to the hospital. An additional 25 people were injured.

 The City does not currently need support from other levels of government.

 Thank you to Ottawa’s first responders, the City’s Public Works and Environmental Services Department and emergency operations team, OC Transpo and Ottawa Public Health for their response and recovery efforts.

 The tornado severely damaged the Merivale transformer station. Approximately 137,000 Hydro Ottawa customers and 2,000 Hydro One customers do not have power. It could take several days for power to be fully restored.

 Areas to the east of Bronson Avenue generally have power. If you do not have power, go there to find food, fuel and other services.

Residents can access power and services at all open City facilities, including community and recreation centres. 

Open facilities include:

o   Albion-Heatherington Recreation Centre, 1560 Heatherington Road


o   Alfred Taylor Recreation Centre, 2300 Community Way


o   Blackburn Arena, 200 Glen Park Drive


o   Earl Armstrong Arena, 2020 Ogilvie Road


o   Goulbourn Recreation Complex, 1500 Shea Road


o   Heron Road Community Centre, 1480 Heron Road


o   John G Mlacak Community Centre, 2500 Campeau DriveBeaverbrook


o   Johnny Leroux Stittsville Community Arena, 10 Warner-Colpitts Lane


o   Kanata Recreation Complex, 100 Charlie Rogers Place


o   Larry Robinson Arena, 2785 8th Line Road


o   Ray Friel Recreation Complex, 1585 Tenth Line Road


o   Stuart Holmes Arena, 5660 Osgoode Main Street


 Emergency Shelter and Lodging Sites

·         Displaced residents in Dunrobin can go to the emergency shelter and lodging site at West Carleton High School, 3088 Dunrobin Road.

·         Displaced residents in Hunt Club-Riverside and Hunt Club-Greenbank can go to the emergency reception and lodging site at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex, 1500 Shea Road.


Please avoid the affected areas, especially Dunrobin, Arlington Woods and Trend Village. Access is limited to emergency vehicles only. Crews need space to do recovery work.


The O-Train is out of service. Bus route 2 is providing service along the Trillium Line.

 Volunteer and donate

The City does not need volunteers right now. Once it is safe, we will do a call out for volunteers.

 Later this weekend, we will provide residents with a contact number for donations.

 For more information

The City will update ottawa.ca as information becomes available.

 Call 3-1-1 to report storm-related issues, get transportation to an emergency shelter or lodging site, or if you have a failing medical device that needs charging.

 If you have a medical emergency, please call 9-1-1.

 If you smell gas, please call Enbridge at 1-866-763-5427.  

 Thank You everyone for your patience and resilience during the recovery efforts. 

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