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July 25

Power restored to nearly all affected customers in Gravenhurst

Ajax, ON – Less than 400 Veridian customers in Gravenhurst remain without power as emergency crews continue their restoration efforts following last week’s severe thunderstorm that left 6,000-plus customers without electricity service. The utility hopes to have power restored to those still affected by the weekend.

Friday’s storm brought with it high winds and heavy rainfall, causing extensive damage to Veridian’s electricity distribution lines, including broken poles and downed conductors due to widespread tree fall. While the initial focus continues to be restoring power to the remaining affected customers – in addition to repairing or replacing many kilometers of damaged overhead lines and equipment – it’s expected final clean-up work will continue for some time to come.

Immediately following the storm, Veridian suspended much of its regular work in other parts of its service areas and redeployed work crews to Gravenhurst. In total, Veridian has 37 line and contractor staff committed to the Gravenhurst area.

Residents are reminded to exercise extreme caution around damaged poles and downed wires. All fallen wires should be considered live and dangerous. Residents 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 more information, contact:

Chris Mace
Sales & PR Representative – Corporate Communications
Veridian Connections Inc.
905-427-9870, extension 2218