Sandy overblown and blown over in London

October 31, 2012 No Comments »

Compared to ‘Snowmageddon,’ it really wasn’t so bad.

Though fears ran high about ‘Frankenstorm,’ the actual damage caused was relatively low—at least in London. While New York was hammered by incredibly high winds and experienced flooding, the worst London residents faced were power outages and flickering lights at most. The majority remained entirely unaffected.

“In London, we did experience some power outages, but they were individual transformers and not major power outages because of the storm,” Nancy Hutton, director of communications for London Hydro, said.

Despite the relatively minor damage, London Hydro was prepared for any eventuality, one that they were lucky enough not to address.

“We’re always prepared for whatever we get, and there’s no way to speculate what the damage will be, or if there will even be outages,” Hutton explained. “We’re ready for it if the weather continues to be poor, but there is no way of knowing what will happen.”

On campus, only very minor damage was reported, which was promptly dealt with by Facilities Management.

“Despite the high winds and heavy rains, very few incidents of damage were reported,” Gary Bridgens, director of operations and maintenance at Western, said. “I only received one report of physical damage. Several incidents of small tree limbs were also reported with no associated property damage.”

While there were no major incidents, Facilities Management was also prepared for potential damage.

“Ahead of a potential storm, Facilities Management does checks of catch basins, roof drains and other typical vulnerable points that can lead to flooding,” Bridgens explained. “Staff are placed on standby in case of any issues, and appropriate communication is made to staff. In the case of a severe rainfall incident, the water level of the river is monitored, and an emergency plan is activated close to the overflow level.”

All in all, London and Western escaped relatively unscathed from the much discussed, and anxiously anticipated, ‘Frankenstorm.’

“There were no call-outs of technical staff to attend to any unusual issues,” Bridgens said. “It seems that we were relatively unaffected by the storm.”

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