City crews are responding to storm and suspected tornado damage across the City tonight. The response is concentrated in two areas:
- Dunrobin area
- Hunt Club-Riverside area
Residents in the Dunrobin area displaced by the suspected tornado can go to an emergency reception area located at West Carleton High School, 3088 Dunrobin Road.
Residents in the Hunt Club/Riverside area can go to an emergency reception centre at the Canterbury Recreation Centre, 2185 Arch Street.
Approximately 25 residents were injured in the severe weather episode and at least six residents were taken to hospital for treatment.
Ottawa residents are asked to avoid damaged areas and stay off roads unless absolutely necessary. Expect traffic delays in the coming days as support will be required throughout the weekend.
Ottawa Police Services is adding additional resources in affected areas to support traffic control and public safety.
There have been numerous reports of power outages, damaged property and fallen trees. Due to the high volume of calls, Ottawa residents are asked to remain patient as workers respond to calls on a priority basis. Forestry Services has been clearing roads of fallen trees from high winds and Building Code Services staff are visiting buildings to assess damage and safety of the buildings affected.
Damage to some properties is severe, with reports of some houses collapsed and some roofs gone. About 100 buildings were affected.
The situation is complicated by widespread power outages and downed wires throughout Ottawa, affecting thousands of residents.
To report fallen trees to the City of Ottawa, you may call 3-1-1. However, if you do not require immediate assistance, please consider calling later.