Brampton - Brampton City Council unanimously voted to request funding from the Government of Ontario through the Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program (ODRAP).
Brampton was one of the hardest-hit Ontario municipalities in the December ice storm, and City staff is estimating cleanup and recovery costs to reach more than $51 million. Staff project it will be 14-16 weeks before City trees are secured over roads and sidewalks, and 18 months for parks, watercourses and valley lands to be restored.
“The City of Brampton is moving forward with a plan to ensure residents, and our entire city, recovers fully from this unprecedented ice storm,” Mayor Susan Fennell said. “Brampton City staff, first responders and hydro crews worked around the clock to help residents. I want to thank Bramptonians for their patience as we responded to thousands of calls from residents, and continue with our recovery efforts.”
On December 21, 2013, a province-wide ice storm resulted in extensive and prolonged power outages, toppled trees, and broken branches creating dangerous conditions for citizens requiring the activation of the City of Brampton Emergency Response Plan. The impact of the ice storm in Brampton rendered large parts of the City in dysfunction as well as having long-lasting impacts on the safety of citizens and on the environment.
“The leadership and efficiency of City staff allowed us to avoid declaring a State of Emergency during the ice storm. Staff continues to implement the City’s emergency plan for cleanup and recovery,” said John Corbett, Chief Administrative Officer. “However, it has become abundantly clear that the extent of storm damages and associated costs are extraordinary, and assistance is required to address the significant longer term impact on the environmental and infrastructure integrity of the City.”
Council agreed with the staff recommendation to coordinate the ODRAP request with the Region of Peel, the City of Mississauga and the Town of Caledon to maximize available resources and speed the recovery process.