Over this past weekend, 16 homeowners were able to obtain temporary access to properties in the evacuation zone. Efforts continue to provide access for the remaining property owners and tenants.
Hydro poles and lines have now been removed near the site of the explosion to clear the way for the demolition work to begin. The demolition contractor is currently on-site and is mobilizing equipment for the next stage of the process.
To ensure the safety of everyone involved, temporary home access has been suspended while this work is in-process. If there are any downtimes that occur, temporary home access appointments will restart immediately.
As previously reported, the goal for the next phase of the investigation is to confirm the presence of a lateral pathway between APEC 1 and 2 and to verify there are no any other sources of gas in the area.
Building excavation is taking place at 19 and 15 Erie St. N and 9 Talbot Trail West. Excavations will follow at APEC 1 and 2 to identify any sub-surface infrastructure that could be acting as a lateral pathway and to confirm if another source of gas is present.
All work performed on-site follows a comprehensive health and safety plan that was developed by expert engineering consultants. The safety of public, staff and contractors remains the number one priority for site.