© Guardian photo by Brian McInnis
A cyclist stops to watch a pleasure boat beingn tossed around the rough waters of the Charlottetown harbour.
The City of Charlottetown says it could take more than a week before all of the debris caused by the weekend storm is cleared up and off public right-of-ways.
Post tropical storm Arthur pounded the city with winds in excess of 100 km/.
City crews have been clearing debris from the storm since Saturday morning. More than 40 trees in the capital city were damaged by the strong winds with either large branches broken off or the entire tree destroyed.
“This wasn’t the biggest storm the city has ever had, of course, but it still caused a lot of damage with trees down, roads blocked by large branches, power outages and even some activities had to be cancelled,” said Mayor Clifford Lee.
“We are thankful that no one was killed or seriously injured in the storm and that the damage is manageable. We thank the public for their assistance in the cleanup and patience as our staff work hard to return the city to its normal state in the aftermath of tropical storm Arthur.”
The public works department, in partnership with urban beautification and parks and recreation, is focused on areas of the city that saw the most damage, including Rochford Square and Kent Street where some of the largest trees fell.
“We’re currently dealing with debris in the public right-of-ways, but are also assisting residents in the removal of tree debris resulting from the storm,” said Coun. Terry Bernard, chairman of public works.
“Anyone who would like assistance with tree debris removal from tropical storm Arthur can place it neatly at the curb and city crews will do their best to pick it up over the next week or two. Residents are also asked to take advantage of the regular services of Island waste management.”