City of Hamilton
Hamilton's ice storm cleanup expected to continue into April
City of Hamilton crews are continuing to work six days a week to undertake ice storm cleanup activities. As of Friday, February 14th, the City has received about 10,000 tree damage calls with approximately 6,330 work orders being resolved (about 63% complete). About 900 oversized branch related work orders have been created (branches too big for waste collection and require chainsaws for removal) which staff are now starting to address. Please check back for bi-weekly updates on the progress of the cleanup.
Nearly 100 employees and pieces of equipment are working to restore the city to normal conditions. In addition to internal resources, the City has also hired as many contracted tree removal crews as are available at this time. Response priority levels
Ice storm cleanup is being addressed in the following priority levels:
- Protection of health/safety and property
- Road access
- Driveway access
- Sidewalk access
- General cleanup
- Tree health
The extreme weather conditions we’re experiencing this winter are slowing down the brush clean-up progress slightly and many of the oversized branches left at the curb are buried deep in snow. We have assessed our progress and the weather forecasts and have extended the deadline for residents to set out oversized and unbundled brush until April 22nd. After that, residents will be required to follow the leaf and yard waste criteria for bundled brush collection. The criteria are as follows:
Bundles (for brush & twigs) - brush should be tied in bundles no longer than 1.2m (4ft) and .75m (2.5ft) in diameter.
Individual branches must not exceed 7cm (2.5in) in diameter.
Each bundle must not weigh more than 50lbs.
2013 was the worst year for tree damage in recent memory. We want to thank the community for your patience and understanding while our crews work to clean up and restore the city to normal conditions.
Helpful tips for residentsPlease call the City at 905-546-CITY or email email@example.com if you have tree damage, branches or limbs remaining to be collected that have not already been called in. This will ensure the request is logged properly for appropriate action.
Residents who are able to cut and bundle their brush to four-foot lengths will have their brush collected as part of normal waste collection services. All other tree material will be collected at a later date by crews with chainsaws and chippers. Please ensure branches do not block sidewalks and roads.
In some cases, a City forestry crew may visit a home a few times. The first visit may be to ensure that any hazards are addressed immediately and they may return at a later date to collect the brush and limbs left behind.
The City is cautioning homeowners who are using contractors to address their private trees to ensure the contractor is a certified arborist who can demonstrate insurance against property damage and ensure they have a clearance certificate from the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB).
Low income seniors and persons with a disability may be eligible for help with yard clean up (no tree cutting available) through the City’s Helping Hands program. For more information, visit www.hamilton.ca/helpinghands or call 905-546-3057.
Those seniors who do not qualify for the Helping Hands program may wish to contact Home Sweet Seniors, which is a favourably priced service provider dedicated to seniors. More information can be found at www.homesweetseniors.com or by calling 289-880-CARE (2273). It is also recommended that if seniors call contractors for price quotes that they inquire if the company offers seniors discounts.
Street Tree Planting ProgramOnce the cleanup work is completed, Forestry staff will be focusing on replanting new trees to help replace those that were lost in the two 2013 storms. Residents who would like to participate in the City’s Street Tree Planting Program can get a free tree planted in the City-owned portion of their property. For more information about the program and eligibility criteria please call 905-546-CITY or go to www.treeshamilton.ca