AJAX, ON, July 20, 2013 /CNW/ - Veridian emergency response crews
continue to make good progress in restoring power to Gravenhurst
businesses and residents affected by yesterday's severe thunderstorm.
Service has been restored to approximately 1,300 additional customers
over the past few hours. Almost 6,000 customers were without power
immediately after the storm. About 2,700 customers continue to be
According to Falguni Shah, Veridian's Power Restoration Coordinator,
continued good progress is expected into the evening. "We've brought
line staff and equipment in from Ajax and Belleville to work with local
Gravenhurst service crews," she says. "They will work into the evening
and we currently project that most areas of urban Gravenhurst will have
power restored tonight. Some rural areas and island customers will
likely continue to be without power until tomorrow."
The storm caused extensive damage to Veridian's electricity distribution
lines, including broken poles and downed conductors due to widespread
Residents are reminded to exercise extreme caution around damaged poles
and downed wires. All fallen wires should be considered live and
dangerous. Residents are urged to report the locations of fallen wires
to Veridian's 24-hour Outage Hotline by calling 1-866-579-6819.
Veridian Connections Inc. safely and reliably delivers electricity to
more than 116,000 customers in the Cities of Pickering and Belleville,
the Towns of Ajax, Port Hope and Gravenhurst, and the communities of
Uxbridge, Bowmanville, Newcastle, Orono, Port Perry, Beaverton,
Sunderland and Cannington. Veridian Connections Inc. is a wholly owned
subsidiary of Veridian Corporation. The City of Pickering, the Town of
Ajax, the Municipality of Clarington and the City of Belleville jointly
own Veridian Corporation.
For further information:
Sales & PR Representative - Corporate Communications
Veridian Connections Inc.
905-427-9870, extension 2218