Work continues in New Sudbury to clean up after major storm

New Sudbury was hit particularly hard by the storm that wreaked havoc in the city on Monday. At least 12 pole fires and close to 100 downed trees or power lines were reported in that area alone.

Race against the clock for some food vendors

Monday's storm caused massive property damage across the city, particularly in New Sudbury. (Benjamin Aubé/CBC)

Residents and businesses in Greater Sudbury are still picking up the pieces after a microburst wreaked havoc on the city Monday.

New Sudbury was hit particularly hard by the storm. At least 12 pole fires and close to 100 downed trees or power lines were reported in that area alone.

Greater Sudbury Hydro crews continued to work to restore electricity to hundreds of residents throughout Tuesday, all while trying to keep the public away from downed power lines.

On Cardinal Court, nearly every house still featured a tree split in half or leaning precariously over roofs or cars on Tuesday. Jennifer Ames spent the day on her lawn handing out coffee to workers and neighbours without electricity.

Jennifer Ames handed out free coffee to neighbours and workers on Cardinal Court in New Sudbury on Tuesday, after a microburst the day before caused massive property damage in the area. (Jean-Loup Doudard/Radio-Canada)

She recalled how the street was flooded "up to our knees." The storm, though, seems to have brought the neighbourhood together.

"Everybody was out helping, and actually people were just walking and checking in on everybody," said Ames. "Then we all kind of sat in our lawn chairs, had a little bit of wine and chatted with each other, because there's nothing else we could do.  

"I think it's Sudbury; anywhere in Sudbury, if this happens, I think everybody just seems to pull together and help each other out."

Race against the clock

Workers at Smith's Food Markets on Lasalle Boulevard scrambled in the pitch-black store with head lamps on.

Workers in Smith's Markets in New Sudbury race against the clock in the dark wearing head lamps to try to save food from spoiling on Tuesday. (Benjamin Aubé/CBC)

Two massive cooling units were knocked clean off their moorings and hung off the store's roof. With no electricity in the building Tuesday, time was the enemy for manager Anthony Ciccone and his co-workers.

"Right now we're trying to keep as much product fresh as we can by bringing it to the other locations," explained Ciccone. "With all the bacteria growing on the food, we've got to get it out of here as fast as we can."

This piece of a cooling unit was still hanging off the roof of Smith's Food Markets on Tuesday after being ripped off its mooring during Monday afternoon's freak storm. (Benjamin Aubé/CBC)

But he said he's thankful that's all he has to worry about.

"It could have been way worse," he noted. "We're lucky none of the hydro lines hit the building because they all fell the other way. Thank God for that."

The Arthur Street area in New Sudbury was hit hard by Monday afternoon's storm. Clean-up continued on Tuesday. (Benjamin Aubé/CBC)

-With files from Jean-Loup Doudard


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