Power Restored to Majority of Veridian Customers Affected by Electrical Storm

    PICKERING, ON, June 16 /CNW/ - Veridian service crews have successfully
restored electricity service to the majority of customers affected by a severe
electrical storm Sunday night. Approximately 150 customers in the area of
Kingston and Altona Roads lost their electricity service at about 7 p.m.
Veridian staff worked throughout the night to assess and repair damaged
equipment. Service has now been restored to all but 10 customers.
    It is projected that service to the remaining customers will be restored
this afternoon.
    "Our distribution network is designed to withstand lightning strikes, so
the amount of damage sustained last night is quite unusual", said Axel Starck,
Veridian's Chief Operating Officer. "Our crews have had to replace a number of
local distribution transformers in the neighbourhood, which is a very time
consuming job. We're very appreciative of the patience and understanding of
our customers during this time."

    Veridian Connections Inc. safely and reliably delivers electricity to
more than 109,000 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:

For further information: George Armstrong, Manager of Regulatory Affairs
and Key Projects, Veridian Connections Inc., (905) 427-9870, extension 2202

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