A mild Sunday at the end of December brought many Brampton residents outside to clean up their yards.
Are they getting ready for Spring?
Not at all. Spring is another three to four full months away. The clean up involved removing fallen branches, limbs, and tree trunks – all remnants from the Ice Storm that swept through regions north of Lake Ontario, including Brampton, about a week ago.
The mild temperatures – a few degrees above zero centigrade – allowed some to bring out shovels and blades to chip away inch thick ice from sidewalks. Home from university classes in Ottawa, Mark, below, along with brother David and family dog Whiskey, found room to clean up around the fallen tree on their downtown Brampton house’s lawn.
When hand-held shoveling wasn’t enough to clear the debris, there was help from large vehicles like this one, below, moving ice and snow along with large tree branches from driveways.
Hydro crews have worked non-stop restoring power to homes – some areas of downtown Brampton had been without hydro for three to four days – and roads that were previously closed down due to the large amount of fallen debris, have reopened with homeowners pitching in, below.