TORONTO, March 14, 2015 /CNW/ - Toronto Hydro has been experiencing outages in pockets of the city, primarily in the areas of north west Etobicoke, and North York. As of 11:00 p.m., approximately 2,700 customers remain without power, which is down from 5,000 customers reported earlier today.
Crews have been dispatched and will work throughout the night to restore power. We expect that the majority of customers will be restored overnight. Some customers may be without power for a longer period of time as crews replace more extensively damaged equipment. We will endeavour to provide a more accurate estimated time of restoration and boundaries for these areas in the morning.
The majority of the outages are due to similar conditions experienced last week when high salt content on electrical insulators combined with rain and drizzle caused electrical faults (commonly called flashovers) on main electrical feeders.
Unfortunately, Toronto Hydro has been delayed in conducting insulator washing due to the very cold weather in February. With the warmer weather in March, all available crews are now attempting to catch up, however our service territory is approximately 644 square kilometres and will take some time.
Customers are reminded to stay well clear of downed power lines, and report downed power lines, pole fires, and outages by calling 416-542-8000.
Thank you for your patience while we work to restore your power
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Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited owns and operates an electricity distribution system, which delivers electricity to approximately 740,000 customers located in the city of Toronto. It is the largest municipal electricity distribution company in Canada and distributes approximately 18% of the electricity consumed in the province of Ontario.
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