AJAX, ON, Dec. 23, 2013 /CNW/ - Veridian is continuing its work to
restore power to customers impacted by the weekend ice storm. Lines and
tree trimming crews will again work through the night to clear and
repair overhead lines impacted by ice laden trees.
Significant work has also been done to assess the numbers of customers
affected by outages and the magnitude of the work required to restore
power. With this information, preliminary schedules for restoration
work have been prepared. However, all such estimates are subject to
variability due to weather and the potential for discovery of as-of-yet
unidentified system damage.
Following is a community power outage status report as of 7 p.m. today:
Port Hope - Power was successfully restored to two local substations this
afternoon at about 2 p.m. However, customers served by these and two
other substations continue to be without power as work is completed to
clear local overhead lines. Approximately 4,500 customers are currently
without power. It is projected that about 2,500 of these customers will
have service restored this evening. The remaining 2,000 customers will
remain without service until at least tomorrow.
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 - Power was restored to most of the community of Newcastle at about
6:30 p.m. today. A helicopter was used to survey overhead lines and
identify locations in need of repair and clearing. This work was
completed during the day. Veridian customers in Newcastle who are still
without power should call 1-866-579-6819 to report the outage.
Orono - About 45 customers in Orono are currently without power. The cause of
the problem is a damaged pole that has been identified. Repairs may not
be completed until tomorrow.
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,
three of which have now been restored. The most recent restoration
activity occurred at 6 p.m. today, affecting about 1,800 customers.
The remaining three feeders serve approximately 4,400 customers. While
some of these customers will likely see service restored tomorrow, most
may be without power into Christmas Day.
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 continue to be 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 has
completed repairs on its section of lines, and service should be
restored to many of the affected customers tonight.
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 have patrolled lines to assess damage. The commencement
of repair work is tentatively scheduled for tomorrow.
North Pickering - Approximately 2,500 customers in the communities of Claremont,
Brougham, Green River, Greenwood and surrounding areas north of the
third Concession are without service. Service crews have been working
in this area today, and it is projected that power will be restored
Bay Ridges/Frenchman's Bay - Approximately 2,000 customers are without power in an area bounded by
Sandy Beach Rd. to the east, Frenchman's Bay to the west, and Bayly
Street to the north. Overhead lines in this area have been patrolled to
identify areas in need of attention. Work on identified problem areas
will likely commence tomorrow.
Central Pickering - An identified problem has disrupted power to about 1,800 customers
located north of Glenanna Road, between Dixie and Liverpool Roads.
Repair work is tentatively scheduled for tomorrow.
Miscellaneous - Smaller scale outages have been reported near the intersections of
Brock Road/Major Oaks Road and Brock Road/Kingston Road. Lines crews
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.
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