Toronto was hit hard by a devastating ice
storm that wreaked havoc from the southern
tip of Ontario to the Maritimes on
December 22, 2013. An estimated 300,000
Toronto Hydro customers were left without
electricity due to downed trees and branches.
The city declared a state of emergency and
approached our Grinding Division to assist
with the clean up. It took 10 months to work
through an estimated 41,000 tonnes of
material, which had been consolidated at 9
sites across the City of Toronto.
This was one of our largest grinding responses to date, and our team quickly created the systems necessary to effectively communicate both internally and externally to get the job done. We worked collaboratively to ensure that the material was transported efficiently and developed innovative reuse options. Ground wood, a by-product of the clean-up efforts, has been used as mulch, bulking agent in composting, and as biofilter material.