As the residents of Canada's capital continue to deal with aftermath of the devastating storm that ravaged through the city on Saturday, May 21, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson says there's no need to declare a state of emergency.
Mayor Watson told The Sam Laprade Show on Monday, May 23 that the City of Ottawa calling a state of emergency in the wake of this past Saturday's storm would be more of a symbolic gesture.
"It wouldn't change anything and we don't have that need to call a state of emergency right now," added Mayor Watson. "We have the resources and we have the second largest hydro operation in the province of Ontario."
Mayor Watson said while the City is keeping track of costs associated with the storm's impact, he has also told staff that now is not the time to "penny pinch."
"We have to get out there and help people," he said.
The mayor asked for patience, and extended appreciation to emergency crews and hydro personnel who are working around the clock to help restore power to the many people who are still without electricity.
"Everybody is out and all hands are on deck," said Mayor Watson. "We are making progress."
Innes Coun. Laura Dudas said she was appreciative of the mayor visiting her ward and speak to residents who have been impacted by the storm. Many have had damage to their homes, trees fall on cars, and seniors have been trapped in their homes from the storm's impact.
"A large section of the ward lost trees and there is a significant amount of damage," added the east end councillor.
Coun. Dudas said she proud to see how residents in the ward have come together in the most of difficult of times.
"I have been awe struck by the community spirit and how people are helping each other," she said.
Listen to the full interview with Mayor Jim Watson and Coun. Laura Dudas below: