Severe Storm Disrupts Electricity Service to Veridian Customers

    AJAX, ON, Aug. 20 /CNW/ - Approximately 25,000 Veridian customers are
without electricity service due to the severe weather system that passed
through southern and central Ontario earlier this evening. Widespread power
outages are affecting the communities of Bowmanville, Newcastle, Orono, Port
Perry, Gravenhurst and parts of Ajax and Pickering.
    Many of the outages are due to loss of supply from the province-wide
transmission grid. Veridian emergency response crews have been dispatched to
restore service where alternate means of supply are available.
    Projections for the timing of service restoration are not available at
this time.
    Veridian reminds local residents to exercise extreme caution around
damaged poles and downed wires. All fallen wires should be considered live and
dangerous, and residents are urged to report the locations of fallen wires to
Veridian as soon as possible.

    Veridian Connections Inc. safely and reliably delivers electricity to
more than 110,000 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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