Veridian updates its community power outage status report – 7 p.m.
Ajax, ON – 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:
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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