Toronto Hydro crews restore power to approximately 108,000 customers

Toronto Hydro at Work: ice storm restoration efforts - Islington Avenue. Toronto Hydro's forester Dave Knight works in icy conditions on Islington Avenue, south of Eglinton Avenue. Toronto Hydro crews have restored power to approximately 108,000 customers. (CNW Group/Toronto Hydro Corporation)

TORONTO, Dec. 23, 2013 /CNW/ - Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited (Toronto Hydro) has restored approximately 108,000 customers. It is reporting that approximately 192,000 customers are still without power. Crews are working around the clock to restore service.

Toronto Hydro is focusing on large electrical feeder restoration to get the largest number of customers restored as quickly and safely as possible.  We continue to advise residents without power to plan for the worst to make alternative arrangements, as restoration efforts could continue for the next few days.

Sunnybrook Hospital was restored at approximately 5:30 p.m.

Toronto Hydro has also requested restoration assistance from other Ontario utilities. Utilities have responded to our call, and we are currently working out details. Mutual aid has also been requested from the US.

The City of Toronto is operating nine Reception centres, where those in need can access food, water, warmth and rest. For more information, please visit Toronto.ca

If you spot a downed wire, please stay back (at least 10 feet) and report it to Toronto Hydro's operations centre at 416-542-8000. Please be cautious of falling tree limbs as well. For more information about household items to have on hand during a lengthy outage, please visit torontohydro.com/poweroutage

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