AJAX, ON, Dec. 23, 2013 /CNW/ - Veridian service crews continue their efforts to clear and repair overhead lines damaged by ice laden trees. Following is a community status report as of 12 noon:
Port Hope - Approximately 500 customers are without service due to the loss of a supply feeder to a local transformer station. Work is underway to clear the line and restore service. It is projected that this will be completed later today.
Bowmanville - All supply feeders have been restored, including supply to the Lakeridge Health hospital. There may still be some localized outages/ Veridian customers in Bowmanville who are still without power should call 1-866-579-6819 to report the outage.
Newcastle - All of Veridian's 2,500 customers in Newcastle continue to be without service. Veridian service crews are currently patrolling lines to identify sections in need of repair. Crews previously working in Bowmanville are being re-deployed to Newcastle.
Ajax - Outages are concentrated in an area bounded by Highway #2 to the north, Lake Ontario to the south, Westney Road to the west and Lakeridge Rd. to the east. The area is supplied by six supply feeders, two of which have been restored. The remaining four serve approximately 6,400 customers. Line and tree clearing crews are at work to restore these feeders on a priority basis. An estimated restoration time is not available at this time.
Ajax residents who reside outside of the above geographic zone should call 1-866-579-6819 to report that they are without power.
Pickering - Known outages in Pickering are in the following areas:
- West Pickering - Approximately 6,000 customers in the area west of Dixie Road and between Highway #2 to Lake Ontario are still without service. The area is supplied by a Hydro One supply feeder from Scarborough. Veridian has patrolled its lines to ensure that they are clear and ready for service once Hydro One's supply is restored. Hydro One crews are working on the Scarborough section of the supply feeder. An estimated restoration time is not available at this time.
- South-east Pickering - Approximately 1,000 customers, primarily businesses, are without power in the area bounded by Highway #401 to the north, Lake Ontario to the south, Brock Road to the west and Church Street to the east. Service crews are patrolling lines and assessing damage. An estimated restoration time is not available at this time.
- North Pickering - Approximately 2,500 customers in the communities of Claremont, Brougham, Green River, Greenwood and surrounding areas are without service. Additional service crews will be deployed to these areas later today. Estimated restoration times are not available at this time.
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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