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Strong winds cause havoc for Brockville, Ont., residents

Heavy rain and strong winds ripped through the city of Brockville, Ont., which displaced many trees, caused roadway closures  and left a large portion of residents without power.

As reported by the Brockville Recorder and Times, the storm began around midnight last Friday and had impacted 5,242 households in Brockville and the surrounding area.

Conal Cosgrove, the city’s operations manager told the publication that they had at least 15 fallen trees to deal with, which is unusually high.

According to Environment Canada, winds were striking up to 86 kilometres an hour.

People in Leeds and the Thousand Islands also suffered from the storm.

Township mayor Corinna Smith-Gatcke told the Recorder and Times on Friday that she’s seen a notable amount of property damage near the waterfront. However, those in wooden areas also had to deal with the threat of falling trees on power lines or other structures.

“People are panicked,” she said. “It’s a lot of private property damage, but it’s more devastating because if you don’t have the equipment to try to get it fixed, you have to wait for someone to come to you which can be frustrating because you don’t know how long it’s going to take.”

Smith-Gatcke said that people’s boats were overturned by the wind or blown onto their lawns and several docs came loose.

She added that all roads were cleared of trees, but power lines were down. Hydro One reported almost 900 power outages throughout Ontario from the winds, which impacted more than 98,000 customers.

Roads in a number of municipalities throughout Leeds Grenville were also closed because of the storm’s damage to trees and power lines.