Veridian updates its community power outage status report – 8:00 p.m.
Ajax, ON – Veridian crews continue to work in the communities of Pickering, Ajax, Clarington and Port Hope to restore power to customers affected by last weekend’s severe ice storm. Service has been restored to more than 3,000 customers since the time of Veridian’s last status update of six hours ago. Approximately 4,000 Veridian customers continue to be without power.
Recent restoration activity includes:
Following is a list of the more significant known power outages as of 8 p.m. today:
Port Hope – While service has been restored to a majority of the town, outages continue in isolated pockets that include Scriven Blvd., Bruton St., Hope St. and Beamish St. Restoration activity in the Town of Port Hope will be suspended late this evening and will recommence early on December 25th.
Orono – About 45 customers in Orono are currently without power. The affected streets include Church St., Station St., Bowen St. and Rowe St. The cause of the problem has been identified. Repair work has been scheduled for December 25th.
Ajax – Approximately 4,400 customers remain without power, in the following general areas:
Restoration efforts will continue overnight in areas 2 and 3. Work in area 1 and will commence on December 25th. Efforts at restoring service in area 4 may commence later on December 25th or on December 26th.
Pickering – Outages continue in the following areas:
Restoration efforts are currently focussed on area 1. It is projected that service may be restored later this evening or overnight. Overhead lines in the remaining affected areas will be assessed overnight to support the commencement of repair work on December 25th.
Restoration efforts in these areas will recommence as crews become available, but not likely until December 26th.
Residents who reside outside of the above geographic zones should call 1-866-579-6819 to report that they are without power.
While Veridian continues to be committed to restoring power to all affected customers as quickly as possible, equipment damage affecting individual customers may result in prolonged power outages.
In some cases, repairs to customer owned meter bases and service masts must be completed before Veridian is able to restore service to individual customers. The repair or replacement of such equipment must be carried out by a licensed electrical contractor retained by the customer. Approved contractors can be found at http://applications.dmtispatial.com/esa/ or by calling ESA at 1.877.372.7233.
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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