Selwyn Township Public Works, Parks & Recreation, and Fire crews are out cleaning up trees and debris on public property and mitigating any issues, when possible. Our 1st priority is to clear our roads where trees and hydro lines are down. We cannot clear any trees or debris until the hydro line is cleared.

  • The Selwyn Public Library branches are open for Selwyn Township residents to charge communication devices/medical equipment during Library operating hours
  • The Smith Landfill (1480 County Road 18) is open for Selwyn Township residents to drop off storm-related debris (e.g. brush, spoiled food or items broken in the storm) free-of-charge. 
    • The Landfill is now operating on summer hours:
      • Sunday & Monday: CLOSED
      • Tuesday: 9:00AM to 5:00PM
      • Wednesday: 9:00AM to 7:00PM
      • Thursday: 9:00AM to 5:00PM
      • Friday: 9:00AM to 5:00PM
      • Saturday: 9:00AM to 3:00PM

We understand that cell signal is intermittent and you may not be able to make phone calls. A Storm Reporting form has been created where you can report downed lines or trees on public property. Response may be delayed depending on the severity of the instance. 

  • For emergency situations involving downed trees on municipal roads, please contact the Public Works After Hours Telephone Number at 705-926-0205.
  • Trees in parks, trails and other Township properties that are not a safety hazard will be dealt with later.

Hydro One

Hydro One is aware of the infrastructure damage and are triaging areas. Given the extent of the storm damage across southern Ontario, Hydro One is expecting that there will be several days for recovery. You can use the Hydro One App to report downed wires and check on the status of an outage. Customers can also text their address to WATTS (92887) for direct updates or sign up for email and text alerts at

Restoration Statement from Hydro One (Friday, May 27):

"A team of more than 3,200 power workers, including resources from out-of-province utilities and contractors, have restored power to more than 652,000 customers affected by Saturday’s devastating storm. Crews continue to work tirelessly through the widespread and significant damage to make repairs, rebuild local electricity infrastructure and restore power to the more than 61,000 Hydro One customers who are still without power.

The company anticipates power will be restored to 99 per cent of customers affected by the storm by Friday evening. Due to the severity of damage, some customers in rural, remote and island locations in the Perth and Bancroft areas that will be without power for several more days. In the Tweed area, a small number of customers may be without power for several more weeks due to the extraordinary level of damage.

Hydro One has seen a record 1,900 broken poles and the company is working closely with its suppliers to ensure crews have the necessary materials to make repairs.

When rebuilding after a storm, Hydro One prioritizes restoration to bring power back to the greatest number of customers in the shortest period of time. Crews need to repair and rebuild main power lines along with other key pieces of infrastructure before repairs can be made to power lines that serve smaller numbers of customers.

It is critical to stay at least 10 metres back from a fallen power line, even if it does not appear to be live. Report it to the police and call Hydro One at 1-800-434-1235.

Customers can report and track the status of their outage using the company's outage tools, including its map ( and app, by texting WATTS (92887) or calling 1-800-434-1235." 

Safety Tips
  • Anyone with generators:
    • do not place it under an open window or in a garage due to potential carbon monoxide poisioning;
    • remember to shut off the main power in your residence. By not doing this, you could endanger those who come to work on fixing the hydro wires.
    • turn generators off while refueling.
  • Anyone on oxygen without electricity, you need to call the company that supplies your oxygen to receive backup.
  • With the cooler temperatures, if you plan on burning with wood to heat your home, please be cautious! 
  • Water system in Lakefield is operational (running on generator back-up). PUS is monitoring the water and waste water systems.
  • If the service line has come away from your house, you will need to shut off the main power at your panel.

Insurance Information
  • If you have experienced property damage, please contact your insurance companyfirst even if the damage occurred due to an item from another property owner (e.g. your neighbour’s tree fell on your roof, Township tree fell on your car etc.) Contact your insurer first
  • Typical homeowner insurance covers structural damages, contractor costs (e.g. tree removal, debris removal),  emergency evacuation costs (e.g. hotel) and even spoiled food. Residents and businesses will need to review their coverage with their insurance provider and start a claim.
  • There is a provincial Disaster Recovery Assistance program for Ontarians (DRAO) that, if activated by the Province, can also help with recovery costs. Click here for more information.

Social Assistance
  • Peterborough County residents who rely on Ontario Works, Ontario Disability Support Program, and other low income individuals may be eligible for some supports through Social Services.
    • If you are an Ontario Works client, contact your case manager;
    • If you are receiving ODSP or are a person of low income, please call the Social Services office at 705-748-8830 or visit the Peterborough Social Services website.

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