Veridian Crews Respond to Electrical Storm Damage in Pickering

    PICKERING, ON, June 16 /CNW/ - A severe electrical storm passed through
Pickering last night, causing damage to Veridian Connections Inc.'s
electricity distribution network in a southwest neighbourhood of the city. The
electricity supply to approximately 150 Veridian customers was disrupted at
about 7 p.m. Sunday evening, and many of the affected customers continue to be
without power. The area affected is located west of Altona Road, between Twyn
Rivers Drive and Kingston Road.
    Veridian crews were immediately dispatched when the outage occurred, and
worked all night to replace damaged transformers in the neighbourhood. Repair
work continues this morning.
    According to Veridian spokesperson George Armstrong, "At this time we are
not able to provide a reliable estimate of when power will be restored. All
available crews are working to assess and repair damaged equipment, and the
restoration of service to these customers is our highest priority."

    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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