TORONTO, Dec. 22, 2013 /CNW/ - Toronto Hydro-Electric System (Toronto
Hydro) is reporting that over 250,000 customers are without power
across the city as a result of the ice storm. Areas with overhead
power lines are the hardest hit: Etobicoke, North York and Scarborough.
Toronto Hydro is concerned that wind gusts and further adverse weather
will hamper the restoration efforts.
As a result of the volume of calls that continue to come in, and the
current weather conditions, Toronto Hydro is asking customers to
prepare for the worst-case scenario. While the utility hopes to have
everyone restored by Wednesday, it is asking customers to make
alternate arrangements, if possible.
There are a number of customers who may have special needs or are
elderly; Toronto Hydro asks that residents check on their neighbours.
For customers with electricity service, Toronto Hydro is asking that
they "share the power" and consider inviting neighbours inside.
The City of Toronto has also opened a number of warming stations, they
can be found at www.toronto.ca
Toronto Hydro crews are working to on public safety calls first, then on
to restore priority customers such as hospitals, city services and
TTC. All available resources have been deployed and crews are working
as quickly as possible to restore power.
If you spot a downed wire, please stay back (at least 10 feet) and
report it to 911 or to Toronto Hydro's operations centre at
For more information about household items to have on hand during a
lengthy outage, please visit torontohydro.com/poweroutage
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SOURCE: Toronto Hydro Corporation
For further information:
Tanya Bruckmueller, Toronto Hydro-Electric System Ltd.