OTTAWA, Nov. 7, 2012 /CNW/ - Today, a new group of 13 Hydro Ottawa power line maintainers are heading to Southbury, Connecticut where they will continue with relief efforts after Hurricane Sandy devastated the region. The workers will be assigned to areas in greatest need upon their arrival.
This group will replace the existing Hydro Ottawa crews who are heading home after working upwards of 16 hours a day for the last week restoring power after high winds damaged electrical equipment and downed trees. Hurricane Sandy knocked out power to more than 500,000 homes and businesses in Connecticut alone. The crews and their U.S. counterparts made significant progress with now only 6,000 customers without power in that state.
"I am extremely proud that we are helping our neighbours during this time of need. While Connecticut is in good shape, other states still have hundreds of thousands who have been without power for more than a week," said Bryce Conrad, Hydro Ottawa's President and Chief Executive Officer. "I would like to thank these employees for their tireless work in helping those affected by this storm."
The Electricity Distributors Association estimates that approximately 400 electricity distribution workers from 25 Ontario utilities have travelled in convoys of vehicles numbering more than 175 to Northeastern states to restore power to communities devastated by Hurricane Sandy.
About Hydro Ottawa
Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc. (Hydro Ottawa) owns and operates two subsidiary companies, Hydro Ottawa Limited and Energy Ottawa Inc. Hydro Ottawa Limited is the third-largest municipally-owned electrical utility in Ontario, serving more than 305,000 customers in the City of Ottawa and the Village of Casselman. Energy Ottawa Inc., Ottawa's largest producer of green power, generates renewable energy and provides commercial energy-management services.
SOURCE: Hydro Ottawa Holding
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