TORONTO, June 2, 2012 /CNW/ - Toronto Hydro crews have made progress in restoring power to many customers that were affected by power outages as a result of severe storms Friday. As of 12 pm today, Toronto Hydro reports an estimated 1,300 customers remain without power - at its highest point, an estimated 15,000 customers were without power across the city.
While progress is being made, customers should expect longer than usual restoration times, and if possible make alternate plans for the day and into the evening. Depending on their location and the amount of damage to the system some customers may be without power until late this evening. Residents should check on neighbours, particularly those that may need assistance such as the elderly.
Crews will focus on public safety and restoring the greatest number of customers first, and then the smaller more localized outages next.
Toronto Hydro experienced heavy damage to its grid. At least 64 main power feeder lines (serving approximately 450-1500 customers) and hundreds of secondary service lines (power lines servicing individual homes or businesses) were brought down by the storm.
Toronto Hydro reminds all customers and residents to exercise caution around downed electrical wires and in areas of the City that are densely populated by large trees. At this point in the restoration effort, Toronto Hydro asks that customers do not continue to call to report power outages, only wires down.
Customer Care: (416) 542-8000.
For more information about power outages, please visit www.torontohydro.com/poweroutage.
About Toronto Hydro
The principal business of the Corporation and its subsidiaries is the distribution of electricity by Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited. Toronto Hydro-Electric System owns and operates an electricity distribution system, which delivers electricity to approximately 709,000 customers located in the City of Toronto. It is the largest municipal electricity distribution company in Canada and distributes approximately 18% of the electricity consumed in the Province of Ontario.
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Tanya Bruckmueller, Toronto Hydro-Electric System