Update - Approximately 16,300 customers in York Region remain affected
by ice storm
VAUGHAN, ON, Dec. 23, 2013 /CNW/ - PowerStream is continuing to restore
power to approximately 16,300 customers in York Region without power
due to adverse weather conditions, including freezing rain, which
occurred throughout the weekend. Freezing rain allowed for ice
accumulation which resulted in fallen trees on power lines as well as
downed power lines throughout our service territory, affecting 92,000
customers at its peak.
We currently anticipate outages to be restored within the next 24 hours
but this is dependent on weather and local conditions. The majority of
our customers will have power before the end of day, aside from small
pockets of localized outages. If power is not restored by 8 pm this
evening, customers may have to be prepared to sustain an extended
outage into Christmas.
Additional Operations staff has been called in and continue to work
safely to restore power in Markham, Unionville, Vaughan, Richmond Hill,
Oak Ridges and Aurora. Municipal forestry staff, neighbouring utilities
and contractor resources are joining our crews to clear trees from
lines and help restore power.
Priority is given to key medical facilities, pumping stations, community
centers, homes of the elderly and higher density areas. We are asking
that customers report where they witness trees on power lines and that
stay clear of any exposed wires and watch for falling ice and tree
limbs. In the event of an emergency or downed power lines please call
Please note that driving in parts of York Region is slow due to traffic
light signals being out and icy road conditions. We ask you to treat
these intersections as four-way stops and drive carefully.
York Region warming stations are available throughout our south service
territory including local community centres in Vaughan, Thornhill,
Markham and Aurora. Warming stations available throughout the York
Region area include:
Dufferin Clark Community Centre, 1441 Clark Ave. W., Concord. For more
information please call (905) 832 - 8554.
Maple Community Centre, 10190 Keele St., Maple *Pet-Friendly* For more
information please call (905) 832 - 2377.
Vellore Village Community Centre, 1 Villa Royale Ave., Woodbridge For
more information please call (905) 832 - 8544.
Lebovic Jewish Community Campus, 9600 Bathurst St., Thornhill. For more
information please call (905)-303-2353.
Angus Glen Community Centre, 3990 Major Mackenzie Drive East. For more
information please call (905) 944-3777.
Armadale Community Centre, 2401 Denison Street. For more information
please call (905) 474-1007.
Centennial Community Centre, 8600 McCowan Road. For more information
please call (905) 294-6111.
Cornell Community Centre, 3201 Bur Oak Avenue. For more information
please call (905) 479-7753.
Crosby Community Centre, 210 Main Street. For more information please
call (905) 944-3777.
Markham Village Community Centre, 6401 Highway 7. For more information
please call (905) 294 - 6111.
Milliken Mills Community Centre, 7600 Kennedy Road. For more
information please call (905) 477-6410.
Mount Joy Community Centre, 6410 16th Avenue. For more information please call (905) 294 - 6111.
R.J. Clatworthy Community Centre, 2400 John Street 16th Avenue. For more information please call (905) 944 - 3800.
Rouge River Community Centre, 120 Rouge Bank Drive, Unit 2. For more
information please call (905) 474-1007.
Thornhill Community Centre, 7755 Bayview Avenue. For more information
please call (905) 944-3800.
Aurora Seniors' Centre - 5 Municipal Drive. For more information please
call (905) 726 - 4767.
We continue to encourage customers to remain patient and check on
relatives and neighbours who may require assistance.
Due to high volumes of inquiries, PowerStream is currently experiencing
technical issues with its corporate website. Customers who are
currently out of power are strongly encouraged to call 1-877-777-3810
to report the details. Customers are also encouraged to follow
PowerStream on Twitter at @PowerStreamNews for latest updates.
Restoring power safely is our number one priority, thank you for your
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related services to more than 360,000 customers residing or owning a
business in communities located immediately north of Toronto and in
Central Ontario. It is jointly owned by the Cities of Barrie, Markham
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SOURCE: Power Stream Inc.
For further information:
John Olthuis, Manager, Customer Communications
Media Line (24/7): 905-532-4400