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Toronto area residents could be without power for days

Monday, December 23, 2013   by: SooToday.com Staff

No doubt there are many Saultites concerned about the safety and well-being of family and friends in Toronto and other areas of Southern Ontario and Quebec, which were pummelled with an ice storm over the weekend.

Air travellers hoping to fly into or out of Toronto for the holidays are being advised to check on the status of their flights before heading to the airport.

Those hoping to travel into or out of Toronto by road are being advised to drive with caution.

A media conference was held in Toronto late Monday morning by officials representing the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, Office of the Fire Marshall and Emergency Management, Hydro One and Toronto Hydro.

In the wake of Sunday’s storm, in which thousands of homes and businesses were left without power, Toronto Hydro President and CEO Anthony Haines told the media 227,000 Toronto-area customers were still without power Monday morning.

Approximately 112,000 customers were without power in smaller communities and rural areas around Toronto.

Haines said it is not only possible, but probable, that power will not be fully restored until the weekend, meaning thousands of people in the Toronto area may spend Christmas without electricity.

Toronto Hydro has called out for additional help from other utilities across Ontario, working to fix the widespread problem.

Hydro One cancelled vacations for about 300 employees in order to get power up and running once again.

The Greater Toronto Area took the worst of the storm, in which 10 to 30 millimetres of ice accumulation brought down trees and power lines.

Office of the Fire Marshall and Emergency Management’s Barney Owens told the media he is advising people not to leave their homes unless absolutely necessary, and for those stuck without power as temperatures drop to seek help and shelter from family and friends if needed.

Cold conditions, and the ice along with it, are expected to continue.

Officials said warming centres have been opened across affected areas for those who need them.

The Ontario government is expected to provide regular updates on the situation as time goes on.

 
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Gater 12/23/2013 6:55:24 PM Report

Hats off to the API crews going to help out with power restoration in eastern Ontario.
Truly in the spirit of Christmas to volunteer and Help out those folks without power .. Good Job
Tag33&1/3rd 12/24/2013 3:25:31 AM Report

Geez that really sucks for them!
I hope they make "lemonade" with this and hopefully have a good next few days despite!
s*m*r*t 12/24/2013 8:35:27 AM Report

PUC Also had a crew volunteer to go help. What a wonderful, generous act on their part! Missing Christmas with their family and friends to offer a helping hand. And kudos to PUC for freeing up the staff to go!! Truly shows the Christmas spirit!
crashed13 12/24/2013 10:28:21 AM Report

Must suck if you have no wood fire place/Woodstove, gas fire place or even a gas range.
Forced Gas furnace is useless with out power to the fan blower.
Just Curious 12/24/2013 10:42:57 AM Report

Used to have an old gravity gas furnace in my house and hated to have to change it for that reason. Always had heat no matter what the power did.. My brother in law had a wood stove in the basement that he could duct into the furnace piping in a matter of minutes. It was great when they had the big ice storm in '98 in the Ottawa area. He must have had 20 people camping out at his place until the power came back on...:).
fullstringer 12/24/2013 11:08:23 AM Report

There are literally millions of people out there totally unprepared for a major power outage. Your BBQ and little coleman stove just aren't going to cut it when the temps drop to the levels we are experiencing right now. Sad to say but people just have no concept of what being prepared means?
Lynds 12/24/2013 2:35:39 PM Report

crashed, it'd be easier to keep a wood burning stove if the insurance wouldn't skyrocket for them.
stephy17 12/24/2013 3:25:24 PM Report

Wilderness Enviromental Services also sent a crew out late lastnight. Thankyou to everyone that volunteered their time away from home to help restore power for those in need. :)
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