None of the poles fell over but the Hawkesbury Fire Department set up traffic control points on either side of that section of road to make sure drivers slowed down and kept moving at a steady pace as they passed along the route, until hydro crews could get to the site to deal with the situation.
Cable braces were installed on each of the leaning poles as a temporary measure to keep them from tipping any further. Pole replacement work began later that Friday afternoon.
High winds buffeted the Prescott-Russell region and other parts of Eastern Ontario during the early morning hours following Halloween Thursday, and continued on through Friday, November 1. Hydro crews dealt with numerous power outage situations scattered throughout the region, with all outages reported cleared by late Friday evening.
During the power outage situations in some communities, there were incidents because of intersection traffic lights not working. Motorists were forced to be cautious and take turns stopping at and going through the intersections to avoid possible collisions. On some backcountry roads, public works crews and residents had to deal with clearing away tree limbs or small trees, which had fallen and blocked the routes.
In Hawkesbury, the Caisse populaire Desjardins building had one of its upper-storey exterior wall panels lifted off by the wind gusts. The panel fell to the ground in the middle of the building’s exit driveway. No one was hurt when the panel fell and the exit driveway was cordoned off to all traffic, while a repair crew removed the debris and the fire department and other agencies sent staff out to inspect the exposed wall section for any potential problems. Customers and staff used the entrance driveway for both entry to and exit from the caisse parking lot while the exit driveway was closed.