Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 3:30 PM

High Winds Causing Damage to City Infrastructure

The current weather system and high winds affecting the City of St. John’s are causing significant damage to infrastructure throughout the city, in addition to power outages. Winds have caused damage to power lines, trees, signs, buildings, poles and infrastructure throughout the region. The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary have advised all residents to avoid all unnecessary travel as extreme winds have resulted in unsafe conditions.
 
City crews are inspecting municipal infrastructure including traffic lights and poles. 
 
There are many steps that residents can take to ensure personal safety and preparedness:

  • Stay indoors and drive only if it is absolutely necessary
  • Follow local weather forecasts and watch for warnings and advisories http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/
  • Be aware of all local emergency numbers:
    • Emergencies that require assistance from fire, police or ambulance – call 911
    • To report blocked streets of downed trees – call 311
    • To report downed power lines in your area, do not touch or attempt to move them, advise Newfoundland Power immediately by calling 1-800-474-5711 

If you become aware of malfunctioning traffic lights please contact Access St. John’s at 311 or 754-CITY (2489) to advise us of the situation.
More information on personal preparedness can also be found at www.gov.nl.ca/fes or www.getprepared.ca.