Past significant events / emergencies that affected Peel

These significant events / emergencies had an effect on the Region of Peel.

Did any of them affect you?

December Ice Storm - 2013

On December 22 and 23, 2013 Central and Eastern Canada were struck by a severe ice storm which resulted in severe tree damage and power outages. The ice storm knocked out power in Peel and Toronto with more than 250,000 customers without electricity. It took utility companies between three and four days to restore power to affected residents.

July Flooding - 2013

On July 8, 2013 a severe flash flood occurred after the Region of Peel and the GTA was hit after an afternoon of slow moving, intense thunderstorms. Toronto Hydro estimated 450,000 people were without power after the storm and Toronto Pearson International Airport reported five inches of rain had fallen over five hours, more than during Hurricane Hazel.

Power Failure - 2003

The Blackout of 2003 was a widespread power outage that occurred in parts of Ontario, Quebec, and the Northeastern and Midwestern United States on Thursday, August 14, 2003. The blackout affected an estimated 10 million people in Ontario and 45 million people in eight U.S. states.
Ontario declared the blackout as an emergency on August 14, 2003.

Pandemic - 2003

In April 2003, a respiratory disease known as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), spread from the Hong Kong province of China to rapidly infect people in many countries and regions across the world, including here in Peel.

Ontario declared SARS as an emergency on March 26, 2003.

Severe Weather - Heat, Rain, Hail, Snow - 1999

Just after New Year's Day, two severe snowstorm systems paralyzed the city of Toronto, dumping a total of 118 centimetres of snow and causing damage estimated at $122 million.

Mississauga Train Derailment - 1979

On November 10, 1979, a freight train carrying dangerous goods was derailed near the intersection of Mavis Road and Dundas Street.

This resulted in 250,000 people being evacuated: the largest peacetime evacuation prior to Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

For a comprehensive list of Significant Events/Emergencies, please visit the Canadian Disaster Database.

Revised: Friday February 28 2020

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