Veridian’s service area escapes storm with minor outages and damage
Utility deploys crew to Trenton to assist Hydro One’s restoration efforts
Ajax, ON –The freezing rain and high winds that swept through southern Ontario last week caused minor damage and a handful of local power outages in Veridian’s service area. Utility staff, from customer care to linepersons, worked diligently fielding calls from customers and restoring power as quickly and as safely as possible.
The majority of reported outages affected less than 75 customers. Larger scale outages took place in sections of Ajax, Belleville, Gravenhurst and Pickering, each affecting between 400 and 1,800 customers. Approximately 500 customers in the community of Sunderland were without power for an extended period of time as a result of a loss of supply from Hydro One.
Veridian President and CEO Michael Angemeer praised employees for their efforts, saying “I’m thrilled by the dedication and safe work displayed by our staff, and satisfied that our asset and management practices have enabled our distribution system to withstand extreme weather conditions. It’s times like these that our employees go above and beyond the call of duty, and their efforts are greatly appreciated.”
Following the restoration of power to its own customers, Veridian dispatched a crew of linepersons and utility vehicles early Saturday morning to Trenton, Ontario to support Hydro One’s restoration efforts. The crew joined more than 1,200 Hydro One staff to aide Hydro One crews, working all day Saturday and late into the evening on Sunday. The crew has since returned home, and were back to work at Veridian yesterday morning.
Peter Petriw, Veridian’s Vice President of Engineering, applauded the restoration crew – comprised of staff from the utility’s Ajax, Belleville and Clarington locations – for their efforts. “I’m very proud of our crew, who on short notice and without hesitation, volunteered to assist Hydro One in restoring power to their customers as quickly as possible. They gave up their personal time to help those in need, which speaks volumes to their character and the company as a whole.”
Veridian customers are reminded to exercise extreme caution around damaged poles and downed wires. All fallen wires should be considered live and dangerous. Customers are encouraged to report the locations of damaged poles and fallen wires immediately to Veridian’s 24-hour Outage Hotline at 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..
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Sales & PR Representative – Corporate Communications
Veridian Connections Inc.
905-427-9870, extension 2218