Veridian Power Restoration Efforts Continue in Gravenhurst

    AJAX, ON, Aug. 21 /CNW/ - Approximately 3,000 Veridian customers in the
Town of Gravenhurst continue to be without electricity service this morning
following the severe storms that passed though south and central Ontario last
evening. Veridian emergency response crews worked overnight to repair or
replace almost 40 poles damaged by high winds. Repair work continues today,
with local crews supported by additional Veridian staff dispatched from Durham
Region and Belleville.
    At the height of the storm, it is estimated that about 25,000 Veridian
customers were without electricity service. The affected communities included
Ajax, Pickering, Clarington and Port Perry. Most of the outages commenced at
about 6:45 p.m. when the storm caused the loss of electricity supply from the
province-wide transmission grid. The problems with the transmission grid were
resolved by about 10:30 p.m., at which time most Veridian customers in Durham
Region had their service restored.
    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 111,000 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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