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July 29

Power restoration in Gravenhurst nearing completion

Ajax, ON – Veridian estimates that less than 100 customers in Gravenhurst are still without power as emergency crews continue their restoration efforts. The utility hopes to have power restored to those still affected – mostly in rural and outlying areas – over the next couple of days. Customers still without power are asked to call Veridian’s 24-hour Outage Hotline at 1-866-579-6819 and report their location.

“I would like to sincerely thank the Gravenhurst community for their support and understanding as our crews continue to restore power as quickly as possible,” says Veridian President and CEO Michael Angemeer. “I would also like to express our appreciation to all of our suppliers and business partners for their extraordinary help and support of our crews. It’s truly remarkable to see the work and determination of everyone involved to get the community back to its normal state.”

It has been 10 days since a severe thunderstorm caused extensive damage to Veridian’s electricity distribution system, and leaving more than 6,000 customers without power. 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.

Angemeer also took the opportunity to thank utility staff for their ongoing efforts, saying “I congratulate our staff on the remarkable work that they have done – from emergency response crews working long hours and in difficult conditions, to operators and call centre staff answering hundreds of phone calls and emails.”

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 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