Hydro One restores power to 40,000 customers since Friday morning

    TORONTO, March 2 /CNW/ - Hydro One confirms that it has now restored
power to 40,000, or half of, customers affected by ongoing winter storm
conditions affecting the Bruce Peninsula and southwestern and eastern Ontario.
Approximately 40,000 Hydro One customers were without power as of late Friday
afternoon. Mixed and volatile weather and hazardous road conditions and
closures hampered the company's restoration efforts in the areas most affected
by the storm.
    The storm system that made its way across parts of the province in the
past 24 hours brought a combination of snow, freezing rain, high and gusting
winds and resulted in more than 400 downed poles, wires, and trees and saw
approximately 80,000 Hydro One customers lose power at the storm's peak.
    Approximately 700 Hydro One's highly mobile field staff, as well as 50
staff from 10 Local Distribution Companies (LDCs) and additional contract
staff are supporting the clean-up effort. As these crews complete work in one
part of the province, they will then be redeployed to the next area, until
necessary repair work is complete.
    While the company anticipates this focused restoration effort will see
the vast majority of customers' power restored by the end of weekend, it is
expected that the nature and extent of storm damage in the Clinton and
Walkerton areas could remain without power until early next week.
    "We recognize that power outages, particularly in the winter months,
present significant challenges to our customers and local communities," said
Myles D'Arcey, Senior Vice President, Customer Operations, Hydro One. "We will
continue to work tirelessly to restore power and appreciate the patience and
support our customers and communities continue to extend us."

    Areas Most Impacted   Number of Hydro One
                           Customers Affected
    Beachville                          4,700
    Clinton                             8,800
    Strathroy                           1,900
    Walkerton                           8,000
    Alliston                            1,800
    Dundas                                750
    Bowmanville                         2,000
    Newmarket                             600
    Guelph                                200
    Peterborough                          500
    Kingston                            1,100
    Picton                                600
    Brockville                            500
    Bracebridge                           500

    Reducing Power Usage Can Help

    Following a significant power outage, customers can help ensure that
power is fully and reliably restored more quickly by reducing their power
consumption. Conserving energy can help the overall restoration effort by
reducing pressure on the system.

    Important Safety Information for Customers

    Hydro One strongly advises customers to continue to take extra precaution
should they discover fallen power lines on their properties. Even if a fallen
wire is not sparking, it may still be energized and dangerous. People are
urged to report to Hydro One the location of the fallen wires as soon as

    Restoring Power to Customers with Customer-Owned Equipment

    Hydro One advises customers that their privately-owned electrical
equipment may have sustained damage in this week's storm. If you know that
your customer-owned equipment is damaged, you will need to hire a qualified
electrical contractor to undertake necessary repair work who will then arrange
for the required ESA inspection and Hydro One reconnection to restore your

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in Ontario only) or (416) 345-6868, Our web site is www.HydroOne.com

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