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Arbo in an Ice Storm

Strathmore tree crews have been out in full since the ice storm on Wednesday, April 5, 2023, clearing branches - and sometimes entire trees – that fell under the weight of the freezing rain.


Approximately 1.1 million homes were plunged into darkness at the height of the ice storm across Quebec. During the storm, falling trees smashed into cars, homes and businesses, causing millions of dollars in damages.


Strathmore’s director of arboriculture, Isabeau Ruiz-Bertrand has been working with our municipal and commercial clients to ensure safety hazards are being dealt with as a priority. She also donned her gear and picked up a chainsaw to contribute to this massive cleanup effort. Landscape crews were also mobilized around the city picking up branches and opening building access points as necessary.



From the West Island McGill Campus in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue to the tree-lined streets of Outremont, the scale of the devastation was enormous. Now that most areas have been secured, cleanup from this storm is expected to take weeks. Our crews will be pedal to the metal until the work is done.


Strathmore's arborists Kyle Bray, Jean-Christophe Legault and Roger Hamilton-Smith taking a break after a busy morning's work at McGill's Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue campus.

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