City of Toronto responds to power outage

    City of Toronto opens reception centres for people affected by power

    Police are asking residents to remove vehicles from main roadways

    City of Toronto facilities and services without power in the area
    affected are closed

    Schools in the affected are closed

    Toronto Transit Services affected

    TORONTO, Jan. 16 /CNW/ - The City of Toronto has opened reception centres
for those affected by the power outage. Residents may go to the reception
centres to stay warm should their homes become cold as a result of the power

    The reception centres are located at:

    Metro Hall, 55 John Street
    York Civic Centre, 2700 Eglinton Avenue West
    JJ Piccininni Community Centre, 1369 St. Clair Avenue West
    Castleview Wychwood Long Term Care, 351 Christie Street
    Memorial Community Centre, 44 Montgomery Road
    Harrison Pool, 15 Stephanie Street
    Trinity Bellwoods CC, 155 Crawford Street

    Media will NOT be permitted into the reception centres.

    All city facilities (community and recreation centres, libraries, day
cares) in the area that are without power are closed. Any libraries or
recreation centres outside the immediate area or that have power will welcome
members of the public.
    Subway service is affected. Due to the power outage in the city's west
end, TTC service on the Bloor-Danforth subway line is affected. The TTC will
be running shuttle buses between Jane and St. George Stations. There will be
no subway service this morning between those two stations. All other subway
and SRT services are running normally.
    As well, a portion of the 506 Carlton streetcar line is affected by this
power outage. The 506 streetcar is not operating between Bathurst and
Lansdowne. The streetcar will be diverting south onto Dundas St. W. Shuttle
buses will operate on College St. between Bathurst and Lansdowne.
    Please check on your friends and family. Building superintendents should
check on any vulnerable residents in their buildings.
    Police are asking residents to remove their vehicles from the main roads.
Vehicles may be subject to a tow to ensure the flow of traffic. Police have
brought in additional resources to assist with traffic direction.
    Toronto Hydro confirms that power will be restored as quickly as possible
and further updates will follow.
    All schools without power will not open today.
    To avoid freezing of water pipes residents should open a tap at the
lowest point in their home and keep the water running at a very slow rate.
    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.

    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

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