PETERBOROUGH-A 61-year-old Lakefield man has succumbed to injuries suffered during the storm on Saturday, May 23, 2022. Police say the man had been struck by a falling tree near his residence.
A severe storm blew through the area on Saturday knocking down trees and powerlines and damaging buildings. Thousands of people across the province lost power. Many including in Peterborough, north of Bobcaygeon, Buckhorn, Omemee and more remain without hydro today.
In the first 24 hours after the storm passed through the province, Hydro One crews have restored power to more than 360,000 customers, with over 226,000 customers that remain without power. Damage includes at least 800 broken poles, and just as many downed power lines, along with countless trees and large branches causing power outages. In the Ottawa area, four transmission towers were toppled by the storm and Hydro One crews are building a temporary by-pass to restore power.
A 64-year old woman died in North Kawartha Township after being hit by a falling tree and a 74-year-old woman in Port Hope also died after a tree fell on her according to police.
Emergency services continue to report a higher than normal 9-1-1 call volumes and they are asking that residents please use 9-1-1 for only emergency situations – please do not call 9-1-1 for updates on the power outage or to report a downed power line.
As the cleanup continues and power starts to return, police ask residents to:
- continue to stay away from downed trees and wires
- continue to be aware that all stop lights may not be working and to treat those that are not as four way stops