AJAX, ON, July 23, 2013 /CNW/ - Veridian emergency response crews, with assistance from Whitby Hydro,
K-Line Group and contractor staff, continue power restoration work in
the Town of Gravenhurst following last Friday's severe thunderstorm.
Service has been restored to approximately 5,300 customers while 850
are still without power.
Friday's storm caused extensive damage to Veridian's electricity
distribution lines, including broken poles and downed conductors due to
widespread tree fall. The storm resulted in the loss of electricity to
all of Veridian's 6,000-plus Gravenhurst customers. Power was restored
to most urban areas of the community over the weekend, but customers in
areas hardest hit by the winds and heavy rain in outlying areas
continue to be affected.
Veridian has suspended much of its regular work in other parts of its
service areas and has redeployed work crews to Gravenhurst. In total,
the utility has 37 - five more than yesterday - committed to the
Gravenhurst area. It is currently projected that it may take another
two to three days before the majority of affected residents have their
power restored, and up to a week for others.
Residents are reminded to exercise extreme caution around damaged poles
and downed wires. All fallen wires should be considered live and
dangerous. Residents are urged to report the locations of fallen wires
to Veridian's 24-hour Outage Hotline by calling 1-866-579-6819.
Veridian Connections Inc. safely and reliably delivers electricity to
more than 116,000 customers in the Cities of Pickering and Belleville,
the Towns of Ajax, Port Hope and Gravenhurst, and the communities of
Uxbridge, Bowmanville, Newcastle, Orono, Port Perry, Beaverton,
Sunderland and Cannington. Veridian Connections Inc. is a wholly owned
subsidiary of Veridian Corporation. The City of Pickering, the Town of
Ajax, the Municipality of Clarington and the City of Belleville jointly
own Veridian Corporation.
For further information:
Sales & PR Representative - Corporate Communications
Veridian Connections Inc.
905-427-9870, extension 2218