AJAX, ON, July 22, 2013 /CNW/ - Veridian emergency response crews
continue power restoration work in the Town of Gravenhurst following
last Friday's severe thunderstorm that caused extensive damage to the
utility's distribution system. Service has been restored to
approximately 4,500 customers while 1,600 are still without power. More
than 6,000 customers were without electricity service immediately after
Falguni Shah, Veridian's Power Restoration Coordinator, says good
progress is being made despite difficult working conditions. "Friday's
storm caused extensive damage to Veridian's electricity distribution
lines, including broken poles and downed conductors due to widespread
tree fall. Most of urban Gravenhurst has power, whereas rural and
island customers will likely continue to be without power for another
three to four days."
All available crews and equipment from Gravenhurst, Ajax and Belleville
are working as quickly and as safely as possible to restore power.
Additional crews from Ajax and Belleville are being dispatched today to
assist in the restoration efforts.
Residents are reminded to exercise extreme caution around damaged poles
and downed wires. All fallen wires should be considered live and
dangerous. Residents are urged to report the locations of fallen wires
to Veridian's 24-hour Outage Hotline by calling 1-866-579-6819.
Veridian Connections Inc. safely and reliably delivers electricity to
more than 116,000 customers in the Cities of Pickering and Belleville,
the Towns of Ajax, Port Hope and Gravenhurst, and the communities of
Uxbridge, Bowmanville, Newcastle, Orono, Port Perry, Beaverton,
Sunderland and Cannington. Veridian Connections Inc. is a wholly owned
subsidiary of Veridian Corporation. The City of Pickering, the Town of
Ajax, the Municipality of Clarington and the City of Belleville jointly
own Veridian Corporation.
For further information:
Sales & PR Representative - Corporate Communications
Veridian Connections Inc.
905-427-9870, extension 2218