Storm in Ontario: Clarence-Rockland declares a state of emergency

The town of Clarence-Rockland, east of Ottawa, declared a state of emergency following a major storm that rolled through eastern Ontario on Saturday.

“For everyone’s safety, we are asking people to stay home due to the large amount of debris on the streets. The Clarence Creek Arena is now open and welcoming those in need of shelter,” the city said in a news release.

Residents are encouraged to dial 911 in the event of an emergency. For non-emergency resources or additional information, call 211.

The major storm tore through Ontario on Saturday afternoon. At least three people were killed, including one in Ottawa. Trees and power lines were downed in the storm’s path, knocking out power to hundreds of thousands of people.

Authorities are asking residents to only leave their homes for essential reasons.

The Clarence Creek Arena is open for residents to rest, get water and charge their devices. Officials say there is no internet in the arena.

The Municipality of Clarence-Rockland has set up a hotline for residents to report problems caused by the storm. You can call 613-446-6022 and immediately dial “0” to speak to an employee. The hotline will be back and taking calls Monday at 9:00 a.m.

The City specifies that the municipal landfill site, located on Lalonde Road in Bourget, will be open Monday to Wednesday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., for people who would like to bring branches, stumps and trees only.

People can still go to the emergency shelter located at the Clarence Creek Arena to charge their devices, take a shower, get drinking water or rest.

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