TORONTO, Dec. 22, 2013 /CNW/ - Toronto Hydro reports that approximately
250,000 customers are without power this morning due to last evening's
ice storm. Toronto Hydro expects that the worst weather is still to
come with winds expected to pick up this morning and into the
afternoon. Hydro crews are working around the clock to respond. The
utility hopes to have power restored by Wednesday.
Residents are advised to stay away from downed wires and trees that may
have an electrical charge. Please report downed wires by calling 911 or
Toronto Hydro's operation centre at 416-542-8000.
The City's emergency services (Fire, Emergency Medical Services and
Police) are operating as usual.
The TTC has suspended all streetcar service but subways and surface
routes are operational.
During this storm, the public are reminded to:
Try to keep children and pets indoors.
Avoid driving if possible. If it is necessary to drive, residents are
reminded to do so cautiously and slowly. Keep your car's tank half full
at all times.
Open your taps slightly at the lowest point in your home to keep your
pipes from freezing.
Please offer to help elderly and vulnerable neighbours or those
individuals who may need some assistance.
As part of emergency planning, all Toronto residents should have a
three-day supply on hand for each family member of the following items:
Drinking water (keep water in containers and fill your bathtub)
Canned food and a manual can opener
Batteries for flashlights and radios
A first aid kit
Gasoline for your car
A transistor radio
For updates during an emergency event and other City of Toronto
information, follow @TorontoComms on Twitter. The City will be using #citystorm when providing updates on
the storm. The City is working to restore its website, which is
Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America,
and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a
global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is
consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is
proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan
American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and
programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us @TorontoComms.
SOURCE: City of Toronto
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