Hydro One Restores power to 70,000 customers

    TORONTO, March 3 /CNW/ - Hydro One confirms that it has now restored
power to 70,000 customers affected by the winter storm that impacted the Bruce
Peninsula and southwestern and eastern Ontario on Friday. Approximately 10,000
Hydro One customers were without power as of Saturday morning.
    The storm system that made its way across parts of the province 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 have been
deployed to complete the restoration effort since the onset of the storm.
While the company anticipates this focused 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.
    "While we have made significant progress in the first 24 hours since the
storm, we are now getting into the slowest and most difficult part of our
restoration effort," said Myles D'Arcey, Senior Vice President, Customer
Operations, Hydro One. "We have deployed a small army of people to work in
some pretty challenging terrain and hard to reach places along the shores of
Lake Huron to bring our remaining customers back online."

    Areas Most Impacted       Number of Hydro One
                              Customers Affected
    Beachville                                250
    Clinton                                 5,000
    Strathroy                               1,700
    Walkerton                               3,300

    Reducing Power Useage 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
    For the most recent information on power outages go to:

    Hydro One owns and operates Ontario's 28,400 kilometer high-voltage
transmission network that delivers electricity to large industrial customers
and municipal utilities, and a 122,000 kilometre low-voltage distribution
system that serves about 1.3 million end-use customers and smaller municipal
utilities in the province. Hydro One is wholly owned by the Province of

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contact Hydro One Media Relations 24 hours a day at 1-877-506-7584 (toll-free
in Ontario only) or (416) 345-6868. Our Web site is www.HydroOne.com.

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