Hurricane Larry Information Centre
UPDATE – September 12, 2021 (5:07pm)
- The city has been advised that the threat of Hurricane Larry has passed. We are working to assess the damage, including the impact on city facilities.
Please note the following updates:
- Recreation Facilities – Recreation facilities will re-open tomorrow, Monday, September 13th with the exception of the Summit Centre Pool and Glacier Arena, which will remain closed until further notice. Please note, the Summit Centre fitness centre will open, however, shower facilities are unavailable at this time.
- Yard Debris – please see the section below titled “Dealing with Yard Debris”
- Trail System – The city’s trail system is now open, with the exception of the section of the T’Railway from Twin Falls to Park Avenue directly across from Avery Place. Power lines remain down and safety on this section of the trail remains a concern.
The city is asking residents to abide by the following guidance:
- Exercise caution when assessing your properties.
- Do not go near fallen power lines. If you need to report a damaged power line, please call 1-800-474-5711 or click here.
- In the event of flooding, fallen trees, or other dangers or damages occurring directly related to the City of Mount Pearl, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 748-1000. Reports to this line will be organized in a prioritized sequence for response based on risk to the public and general safety.
Dealing with Yard Debris
Yard Debris Drop-off (Upper Glacier Parking Lot – 45 Olympic Drive)
For residents with tree debris, including fallen trees, branches and leaves, the city is offering a free yard debris drop-off starting Sunday, September 12 through to Friday, September 17, from 8am to 6pm daily at 45 Olympic Drive. No other items will be accepted. Please follow all signage and guidelines when you arrive to drop-off your yard debris.
Yard Debris Collection
Starting next week, the city will be starting curbside yard debris collection. Residents are reminded that debris must be bundled and weigh no more than 50lbs per bundle, in lengths no more than five (5) feet. No other items will be accepted. The city anticipates collection to take a few weeks.
Information on what is accepted in our wood chipping and mulching program can be found here on page 10 of our 2021 Garbage and Recycling Guide.
A significant weather system (“Larry”) is moving towards our region and it is important for everyone to keep informed and be prepared.
The city encourages residents and business owners to continue to follow updates from relevant authorities including the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and Environment Canada:
- Environment Canada – Tropical Cyclone Information Statements
- Environment Canada – Public Alerts for St. John’s and vicinity
The city also encourages all residents and businesses ensure they have a 72-hour preparedness kit on hand. Some suggested items the kit should include are:
- Food items (for people and pets)
- First Aid Kit
- Prescription medication or regularly used medical supplies
Use of candles for light is not encouraged as flashlights or battery-operated lights are safer.
The government of Newfoundland and Labrador has developed an emergency kit checklist – click here to view.
More information on hurricane preparedness from the Canadian Red Cross can be found by clicking here.
Other Things You Can Do
Before the storm, ensure you have any loose items on your property taken inside or tethered down including items such as:
- Hanging Baskets or Planters
- Garbage Bins
- Bulk Garbage Items Awaiting Pick-up
- Keep away from windows during the storm.
- Most important, please stay inside and stay safe. Do not attempt to go out in these conditions.
Upcoming City Services
Garbage collection scheduled for Friday, September 10 will proceed as scheduled.
Residents with bulk garbage collection pick-ups scheduled should ensure their items are safely stowed.
Key Emergency / First Responder Contacts
If your situation is an emergency, please call 911 immediately.
If your situation requires a more specific or less urgent response, please call the relevant first responder:
- Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (729-8000)
- Royal Newfoundland Constabulary [Hearing Impaired/TTY] (1-800-363-4334)
- Regional Fire Department (722-1234)
- Poison Control (722-1110)
- Newfoundland and Labrador Health Line (811 OR 1-888-709-2929)
- Newfoundland and Labrador Red Cross Emergency and Disaster Services (758-8400 OR 1-800-222-9597)
Power Outages / Damaged Lines
In the event of power outages, please refer to the Newfoundland Power website.
Need to report an outage? You can do so by clicking here.
To learn about or report an outage by phone, call 1-800-474-5711.
City Related Dangers or Damage
In the event of flooding, fallen trees, or other dangers or damages occurring directly related to the City of Mount Pearl,
please email email@example.com or call 748-1000.
Reports to this line will be organized in a prioritized sequence for response based on risk to the public and general safety.
We’re monitoring the system as it develops and should there be any delayed openings or closures for city facilities, they will be listed below and communicated through traditional and social media. Please check back often for updates.
UPDATE – All recreation facilities will be closed effective 6pm, Friday, September 10. A further announcement regarding their reopening will be made at 8pm on Saturday, September 11.
Driving or commuting during any significant weather event such as this is not recommended. If you must drive or commute, please be aware that the city has taken precautionary measures to remove non-essential signage so please use extreme caution. And, be aware of the risk potential for displaced debris following the storm.
In the event that a comfort shelter is required, the city will establish one and communicate its location and hours of operation through social media, this webpage, and through traditional media such as radio stations and news outlets.