Toronto worst ice storm in history. Extreme cold survival tips!

Real Estate Sales Representative with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Toronto Realty

New York City was at 22C over the weekend, and Toronto just got over one of the worst ice storms in history. About 200,000 housholds are still without power due to down power lines and fallen trees. Up to 30mm of ice fell during the storm. Some power will not be restored for Christmas until the weekend. This week's temperature will remain below freezing, and lots of homes will be without heat. It is heartwarming to see compassionate neighbours and friends reach out to others who are affected.  

 Toronto Ice Storm 2013

The city and police division has opened warming shelters at the following locations:

Dennis R. Timbrell Resource Centre

29 St Dennis Dr., Toronto


Malvern Community Centre

30 Sewells Rd.,Scarborough



Agincourt Recreation Centre

31 Glen Watford Dr.,Toronto



Driftwood Community Recreation Centre

4401 Jane St., Toronto



Joseph J. Piccininni Community Centre

1369 St Clair Ave. W., Toronto



Mitchell Field Community Centre

89 Church Ave., North York


Franklin Horner Community Centre

432 Horner Ave., Etobicoke


2 Civic Centre Court

Near Etobicoke Civic Centre

Matty Eckler Community Centre

953 Gerrard St. E.


Police Division Services opened their community rooms for warming centres:

  • 11 Division, 2054 Davenport Road 
  • 12 Division, 200 Trethewey Drive 
  • 14 Division, 350 Dovercourt Road 
  • 22 Division, 3699 Bloor Street West 
  • 23 Division, 5230 Finch Avenue West 
  • 31 Division, 40 Norfinch Drive 
  • 33 Division, 50 Upjohn Road 
  • 42 Division, 242 Milner Avenue 
  • 43 Division, 4331 Lawrence Avenue East 
  • 51 Division, 51 Parliament Street 
  • 52 Division, 255 Dundas Street West 
  • Toronto Police College, 70 Birmingham Street 
  • Toronto Police Service headquarters, 40 College Street 


Severe weather seems to be more frequent these days. We take modern amenities for granted without preparing for the worst.The extreme cold also makes it hard to satisfy food and shelter when there is no power and disconnected from civilization. Always prepare for the winter and here are some suggestions by the Centre of Disease Control and Prevention in times of a state of emergency:

Precautions before during and after a storm:

Prepare your home for winter weather

Prepare your car

Checklist for winter weather

Indoor and Outdoor safety during a storm

Clean up after a disaster

What to do with the food in your freezer and fridge

What's covered by insurance?


Here are a few tips from Carson Dunlop on "How to avoid frozen pipes in your home", and "How to Deal with Power Outages in Cold Weather".


Be Safe this Winter!




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Anne Lok, Real Estate Broker

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Toronto Realty Inc. Brokerage

287 Davenport Road Unit 1
Toronto ON M5R 1J9

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Comments (4)

Sharon Lord
Maracay Homes - Peoria, AZ
New Home Advisor

Anne - sorry to hear about an ill-timed ice storm!  It hit my family in the Detroit area yesterday.  That's one of many reasons why I moved to Phoenix!

Dec 23, 2013 04:47 AM
Anne Lok
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Toronto Realty - Toronto, ON
Toronto Modern Real Estate

Sharon- Fortunately my neighbourhood was not affected. I can at least lend a helping hand to others who needs a warm place to stay. I can't imagine how many Christmas plans will be ruined.

Dec 23, 2013 04:52 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Anne I just talked to my sister that lives in Toronto and she was telling me about how bad it was. Several of their friends have no power yet and everyone is helping out each other. I hope it gets fixed soon so all can enjoy their holidays. Merry Christmas!

Dec 23, 2013 10:29 AM
Anne Lok
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Toronto Realty - Toronto, ON
Toronto Modern Real Estate

Thanks Anna. All things considered, people are in relatively good spirits. We just have to be patient while we wait for everything to return to normal.

Dec 23, 2013 10:50 AM