AJAX, ON, Dec. 23, 2013 /CNW/ - Veridian emergency response crews continue to make good progress in
restoring power to customers in Durham Region and Port Hope. Over the
past several hours, service was restored to approximately 15,000 homes
and businesses in Ajax, Bowmanville, Newcastle, Pickering and Port
Hope. About 12,000 customers continue to be without power as a result
of the devastating ice storm of Saturday night and early Sunday
The remaining customer outages are primary located in the heavily treed
areas of west Pickering, Claremont, south Ajax, Bowmanville, Newcastle
and Port Hope.
Additional lines and tree clearing crews have been brought in from
Tillsonburg, Peterborough and Belleville. More than 20 work crews will
be focused on the remaining affected areas during the course of the
day. "With the reduced number of affected customers and the increased
number of crews at work, we're optimistic that good progress will be
made today", said Michael Angemeer, Veridian's President and CEO.
Projected restoration times are currently unavailable. Customers still
without power are encouraged to contact and make use of the Warming
Centres that have been set-up at the following locations:
Ajax Community Centre, 75 Centennial Rd., 905-427-8811
Bowmanville: Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex, 2440 Regional Hwy. 2,
Pickering: Pickering Recreation Complex, 1867 Valley Farm Rd.,
Customers are reminded to exercise extreme caution around damaged poles
and downed wires. All fallen wires should be considered live and
dangerous. Customers are urged to report the locations of fallen wires
to Veridian's 24-hour Outage Hotline by calling 1-866-579-6819.
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Veridian Connections Inc. safely and reliably delivers electricity to
more than 116,000 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:
Sales & PR Representative - Corporate Communications
Veridian Connections Inc.
905-427-9870, extension 2218