The cleanup continues after high winds swept through the area, and towns along the Lake Erie shore were inundated in Sunday’s storm.
Hamilton forestry crews responded to about 50 reports of storm damage, and the city said on Sunday it continued to prioritize its response based on public safety concerns.
The Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board tweeted Monday morning that Mount Hope Elementary School will remain closed for the day because of a power failure.
Port Colborne, meanwhile, experienced “significant flooding” Sunday night.
A photo shared by the city on social media shows water covering a resident’s driveway and back up to the garage.
He called on people to be “extremely careful” and not to leave their homes unless they absolutely do.
“The water levels in Lake Erie are about nine feet above normal, causing the wind to push the water inland,” a tweet read just after 8 p.m. “Because of this, storm sewer systems are overwhelmed, causing flooding throughout the city.
Mark Robinson, a Weather Network storm chaser, shared a video from Fort Erie showing waves crashing through trees in a park.
Hamiltonians cleaning up their own properties after the storm are urged to adhere to the following tips for recycling yard waste:
- Use paper bags, not plastic.
- Use reusable open-top containers such as a trash can, trash can, or basket.
- Do not use cardboard boxes or blue bins for garden waste.
- Make sure bags and containers weigh less than 50 pounds.
- Tie branches and twigs together in bundles that are no more than 1.2 meters long and 0.75 meters wide. Branches over seven centimeters in diameter should be taken to a community recycling center.
- Don’t let branches come out of a garden waste bag.
Monday’s forecast from Environment Canada called for a 30 percent chance of showers or flurries in the afternoon, with southwest winds at 40 km / h and gusts to 70.
The city is reminding residents to keep their sumps free, to check their sump pumps to make sure they are working, and to lift valuables from the basement if they live in an area prone to flooding.
Anyone who sees a sewer backup, a flood on a roadway or a fallen tree is asked to call 905-546-2489.