Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson revealed in a media briefing on Wednesday, May 25 that the full cost of cleanup efforts for the city of Ottawa due to the storm that came through the capital will be covered by the provincial government.
"I appreciate that very much," Mayor Watson added. "Assessing costs will be a detailed and lengthy process."
Mayor Watson noted that power has been restored to 125,000 customers, while 55,000 consumers still have no power. Watson said the goal is to have power restored to most residents by Friday, May 27.
"We are making progress on all fronts," he said.
Watson said the provincial government is sending 40 firefighters to help with cleanup efforts, and they will arrive this weekend. Ottawa's mayor said crews are dealing with many fallen trees and debris in certain areas, and cleanup efforts will take weeks.
"We are advising residents to stay off the roads if possible," said Watson. "If you don't have to travel, stay home."