TORONTO, Jan. 16 /CNW/ - The City of Toronto continues to respond to the
power outage with work focussed on repairing equipment, restoring power and
supporting residents. Staff from across the City have worked to help residents
affected by the outage.
City of Toronto reception centres will remain open until power is
Power has been returned to the TTC and full subway services has resumed.
Toronto Hydro confirms that power has now been restored to approximately
75 per cent of affected customers. Crews remain on scene replacing and
repairing water damaged equipment. Unfortunately, an exact time of restoration
is not available but it is estimated by Toronto Hydro that power will be back
Customers who remain without power are encouraged to seek shelter with
friends or family or at one of the City's reception centres. The City is
working on a contingency plan should power not be restored tonight.
Please visit http://files.newswire.ca/145/January_16_2009B.pdf for a map
that shows the shaded areas where power has not yet been restored.
There has not been an increase in reported crimes. Police are still
maintaining an increase in patrols in the affected areas. Police encourage
motorists and pedestrians to be extra careful. No major emergencies have taken
place as a result of the outage.
Please check on your friends and family. Building superintendents should
check on any vulnerable residents in their buildings.
Reception centres are located at: (less than 100 residents have attended
the reception centres)
Metro Hall, 55 John Street(*)
York Civic Centre, 2700 Eglinton Avenue West(*)
JJ Piccininni Community Centre, 1369 St. Clair Avenue West(*)
Castelview Wychwood Long Term Care, 351 Christie Street(*)
Memorial Community Centre, 44 Montgomery Road(*)
Harrison Pool, 15 Stephanie Street(*)
Trinity Bellwoods Community Centre, 155 Crawford Street(*)
Queen's Park at Queen's Park Crescent and Charles Street West (*) open to
(*) Pets are allowed in the reception centres marked with an asterisk.
Media will NOT be permitted into the reception centres.
If you are elderly or a person with disabilities and have lost your power
and require transportation to a reception centre please call 416 392 9391 and
the staff from our Long Term Care facility will assist you.
If you have an elderly or disabled friend or relative in the area please
visit or call them to see if they require assistance. If you are not able to
visit or contact them and would like someone from the City to follow up,
please call Access Toronto at 416 338 0338. Access Toronto will arrange for a
visit from staff from Toronto Transportation or Solid Waste Management who are
working together to check on residents.
Water pipes (*) city residents should open a tap in their home at the
lowest point in their home. Residents can also open a tap at the highest point
in their home as well. Residents should not turn off the water to their homes.
Water should be kept on to keep the pipes from freezing. Only a very small
flow of water is necessary to keep the water moving.
Food will keep in the freezer for 24 to 48 hours if the freezer remains
closed. Food in the fridge will keep for 12 to 24 hours if the fridge is kept
closed. However, if in doubt, throw it out.
All Toronto Public Library branches are open today with the following
exceptions: Dufferin/St. Clair, High Park and Palmerston are closed due to the
power outage. St. Clair/Silverthorn, Perth/Dupont and Davenport branches have
re-opened. Sanderson is closed for state of good repair renovations.
Care should be taken with lit candles.
(*) Always stay in the room where candles are being used.
(*) Extinguish all candles when leaving the room or when going to sleep.
(*) Ensure candles are not used in any bedrooms.
(*) Keep lit candles well away from anything that can burn.
(*) Keep candles, matches and lighters out of the reach of children and
(*) Use sturdy candleholders that won't tip or burn. Those with glass
shades or chimneys are safer.
(*) Extinguish candles when they burn to within five centimetres (two
inches) of their holder.
(*) Make sure that you have working smoke alarms on every level of your
(*) Plan and practise a home escape plan in the event of fire
For further information:
For further information: Kevin Sack, Director, Strategic Communications,
Cell: (416) 919-6500