Freezing rain, gusting winds cuts power to 80,000 Hydro One customers



    TORONTO, March 2 /CNW/ - Ongoing winter storm conditions affecting the
Bruce Peninsula and southwestern Ontario since Thursday afternoon are
hampering Hydro One's efforts to restore power to its customers.
    Gusting winds, freezing rain and downed trees caused substantial damage
to lines, poles and other equipment overnight. In some communities, continued
bad weather and road closures are slowing restoration efforts. Environment
Canada is calling for the storm system to move out through Eastern Ontario
today.
    Hydro One crews continue to assess damage and it is expected that the
number of customers affected by this storm will increase as the storm
progresses. Power will be restored as quickly as possible, but in the most
heavily damaged areas, it will be three to five days before all customers have
electricity.
    "Hydro One has mobilized and deployed all available lines and forestry
crews in the affected areas and moved swiftly to bring in additional crews to
assist with restoration of power in the hardest hit communities," said Myles
D'Arcey, Senior Vice President, Customer Operations. "We've dispatched
everyone available, but driving conditions are making it hazardous and safety
is our first priority. We appreciate the support and patience of our
customers."
    For the most recent information on power outages, go to
www.HydroOneNetworks.com. The public is advised to stay away from downed power
lines.

    Hydro One owns and operates Ontario's 28,400 kilometre high-voltage
transmission network that delivers electricity to large industrial customers
and municipal utilities, and a 122,000 kilometre low-voltage distribution
system that serves about 1.2 million end-use customers and smaller municipal
utilities in the province. Hydro One is wholly owned by the Ontario
Government.




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