NORTH DURHAM: A storm which brought high winds and heavy rain, wreaked havoc across North Durham on Sunday, Oct. 15th.
Many houses and other personal property, in Scugog and Uxbridge, were damaged by trees that were toppled by the high winds. This includes a home on Stephenson Point Rd., on Scugog Island, owned by Art and Val Van Camp. Their roof was damaged after a healthy, tall, tree, aged somewhere between 40-50 years, fell on their roof causing a dip in the roof.
The couple was away from home at the time the tree hit the house.
“[Their neighbours] heard the crash when it hit the house,” Mr. Van Camp told The Standard. “They heard a noise and looked out and noticed that the big tree on the property was down.”
He estimated that the tree was somewhere between 50 to 60 feet tall.
In Uxbridge, the first footbridge on the Brookdale trail was uprooted when a few trees were knocked down in the storm. Township staff are currently assessing the damage.
Along sides of roads, signs were knocked down and tree branches and limbs were ripped off trees.
According to Veridian Connections, there were two power outages in Port Perry and one in Uxbridge.
The first Port Perry outage occurred at 3:40 p.m. and power was restored at 8:45 p.m. The outage affected 1150 Veridian customers. Veridian spokesperson Chris Mace told The Standard this outage occurred because of a fire at a transformer substation. The substation is located across from the Crandell St. fire station in Port Perry.
The second outage in Port Perry occurred from 3:45 p.m. until 6:20 p.m. and affected 620 Veridian customers. Mr. Mace said this outage occurred because of a “loss of Hydro One supply.”
The power outage in Uxbridge started at 4:30 p.m. and lasted until 7:50 p.m. This affected 290 Veridian customers.
According to Hydro One, over 37,000 Hydro One customers across southern and eastern Ontario were affected by power outages.