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Ice Storm 2013: The Deep Freeze Continues

Transit, shelter, and other updates as we go into the holiday weekend.

As Toronto goes into Christmas, much of the city is still dealing with the aftermath of the ice storm—and given holiday closures, everything from grocery shopping to travelling will be a bit trickier than usual.

Here’s the latest on power outages, transit service, and more…

The TTC is largely up and running, with the following exceptions and notes:

  • As of 5:09 p.m. the Sheppard subway line is back up and running.
  • Service on the 28 Davisville bus has been suspended due to fallen trees and power lines along the route.
  • About a dozen other surface routes are diverting to avoid downed trees and power lines; full details are available from the TTC.

As of 11:30 a.m. Toronto Hydro has so far restored power to just over two thirds of the customers who lost it. Approximately 90,000 customers (or roughly 225,000 people) are still without power. Hydro crews will be working on restoration through the holiday, but warn it could be several days before everyone is back up. They also advise: “Assume that we know about your outage. Use (416) 542-8000 to report downed lines and localized outages only.” (If you’re on a cell you can also call *687 to report an outage.) For more information check Toronto Hydro’s outage map and their Twitter feed.

The weather is about to take an icy turn: Environment Canada is predicting that we’ll drop to -14°C overnight, and the City of Toronto has issued an extreme cold weather alert. They’ll be opening additional shelter beds, and continue to operate the following reception centres for anyone who needs food and a warm place to stay:

  • Dennis R Timbrell Community Centre, 29 St. Denis Drirve (Eglinton and Don Mills)
  • Malvern Community Centre, 30 Sewells Road (Neilson and Finch)
  • Agincourt Community Centre, 31 Glen Walford Road (Sheppard and Midland)
  • Driftwood Community Centre, 4401 Jane Street (between Finch and Steeles)
  • Mitchell Field Community Centre, 89 Church Avenue (Yonge and Finch)
  • Joseph P Piccininni Community Centre, 1369 St. Clair Avenue West (St. Clair and Keele)
  • Matty Eckler Community Centre, 953 Gerrard Street East (Pape and Gerrard)
  • Lawrence Heights Middle School, 50 Highland Hill (between Ranee and Dane)
  • Edithvale Community Centre, 131 Finch Avenue West (between Bathurst and Yonge)
  • Pleasantview Community Centre, 545 Van Horne Avenue (between Edmonton and Brian)
  • East York Collegiate Institute, 650 Cosburn Avenue (Coswell and Coxwell)
  • McGregor Park Community Centre, 2231 Lawrence Avenue East (Lawrence and Kennedy)

In addition, 13 Toronto Police Service facilities have community rooms available for use as additional warming centres; these are also open overnight:

  • 11 Division (2054 Davenport Road)
  • 12 Division (200 Trethewey Drive)
  • 14 Division (350 Dovercourt Road)
  • 22 Division (3699 Bloor Street West)
  • 23 Division (5230 Finch Avenue West)
  • 31 Division (40 Norfinch Drive)
  • 33 Division (50 Upjohn Road)
  • 42 Division (242 Milner Avenue)
  • 51 Division (51 Parliament Street)
  • 52 Division (255 Dundas Street West
  • Toronto Police College (70 Birmingham Street)
  • Toronto Police Service headquarters (40 College Street)

Toronto Police also remind everyone: please do not call 9-1-1, except in genuine emergencies. On Sunday and Monday, police operators took 21,877 calls; 15,543 of those were made to 9-1-1. (By comparison, during the flood this past summer they got 9,357 calls in total.) For non-emergency, storm-related issues, TPS asks that everyone use 3-1-1.

Traffic lights continue to be out at locations across the city. Police will be at some key intersections this afternoon to try and ease traffic snarls, but they don’t have enough officers to be everywhere. Treat intersections where the lights are out as four-way stops.

Finally, a warning from Toronto Fire Services: do not use barbeques or other devices meant for outdoor cooking and heating inside your home. Several Torontonians have landed in hospital with suspected carbon monoxide poisoning after doing so, and fire officials are getting seven times the usual number of calls about potential carbon monoxide issues.

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