OTTAWA (1310 NEWS) – An elderly man in east Ottawa now has a way in and out of his house, and is set to get further support, after Ottawa police found him trapped in his home due to the snow surrounding it.
Officers were called by a concerned neighbour Thursday night, to do a wellness check on a senior at an east-end home.
When they arrived, they found a winter’s worth of snow piled high in the driveway with no tracks and no signs of life on the property.
Officers forced their way into the home and found a man, believed to be in his 70s, inside, alone and alive.
The man told police that after being snowed in he spent the winter living off whatever he had in the house. It’s not known exactly how long the man had been inside without support.
Three officers then started to dig and blow snow away from the house and off the man’s driveway. City of Ottawa road crews helped to remove mounds of ice at the end of the senior’s driveway.
Police have made sure the man will be provided groceries and will be contacting services to ensure he has supports moving forward.
The Ottawa Police Service is reminding residents to check on their neighbours regularly, especially during or following major weather events.