January 3, 2010
For immediate release
Office of Public Safety Issues Summary of Damages Following Storm Surge
Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour
The Prince Edward Island Office of Public Safety has received reports from various municipalities throughout the province that last night’s storm surge resulted in damage to both personal and municipal property.
As of 1:30 p.m., Sunday, January 3, 2010, municipalities and fire departments have reported the following:
Alberton – structural damage to restaurant in Northport; Charlottetown – minor flooding; Rustico – minor flooding and debris on roads; Summerside – flooding, damage to waterfront business and flooding in basements; Victoria – flooding and structural damage to residence.
O’Leary – electrical transformer fire; Alberton – blocked road in Northport (due to damage to restaurant); Crossroads – flue fire; Borden Carleton – alarm.
Aaron Campbell, Director of Public Safety reminds the public to listen to local media for weather warnings and follow advice from officials. “Storm Surges can be particularly damaging in the icy waters of winter,” he said. “Islanders should take precautions for personal safety, particularly when protecting property near the water.”
Tips on preparing for and dealing with a storm surge can be found at www.getprepared.gc.ca/knw/ris/srg-eng.aspx#a3. Additional information on emergency preparedness is available on the PEI Office of Public Safety website at www.peipublicsafety.ca. The 24 hour emergency line for PEI Emergency Measures Organization is (902) 892-9365.
The Environment Canada Storm Surge warning for Prince Edward Island has ended. For Environment Canada weather updates and warnings go to www.weatheroffice.gc.ca/city/pages/pe-5_metric_e.html.
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