Veridian Crews Continue Power Restoration Efforts in Gravenhurst

    AJAX, ON, Jan. 9 /CNW/ - Approximately 200 Veridian customers in rural
Gravenhurst continue to be without electricity this evening due to extreme
winter winds in the area. Veridian emergency crews will be working into the
night, clearing overhead lines, replacing poles and repairing conductors. It
is expected that some customers will be without electricity until Thursday.
    According to Veridian spokesperson George Armstrong, "The wind conditions
in the Gravenhurst area became quite severe about mid-morning today.
Widespread damage to overhead distribution lines was caused by trees and tree
limbs coming into contact with overhead wires. At the peak of the storm, all
6,100 of our customers in Gravenhurst were affected by power outages."
    Local Veridian emergency crews in Gravenhurst have been supplemented by
two crews from Ajax and one from Beaverton. Restoration work has been hampered
by the impact of mild winter conditions on summer access roads.
    Armstrong reminds local residents to exercise extreme caution around
damaged poles and downed wires. "All fallen wires should be considered live
and dangerous," he said. "We urge residents to report the locations of fallen
wires to Veridian as soon as possible."

    Veridian Connections Inc. safely and reliably delivers electricity to
more than 108,000 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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