Weather

Current Conditions
1.5C
Partly Cloudy
Today's Forecast
0C
Periods of light snow
Sponsored by Highland Ford

News And Views

Classifieds

Announcements

Entertainment

Shop Local

More Local

Search The Web

Google Search

Local News

Sault PUC, Algoma Power continue to help in Toronto

Friday, December 27, 2013   by: Darren Taylor

Crews from the Sault Ste. Marie PUC and Algoma Power are on the job in Toronto, continuing to restore power to customers plagued by power outages caused by last weekend’s horrendous ice storm which left hundreds of thousands of people in the GTA without power over the holiday season.

Five PUC technicians took a plane to Toronto Monday night, giving up time normally spent with family and friends at this time of year, in order to assist Toronto Hydro in power restoration work.

Speaking to SooToday.com Friday, PUC President and CEO Dominic Parrella said a call for much-needed help was received by Toronto Hydro officials last weekend.

Parrella said a number of Sault PUC volunteers stepped forward, and it was determined five PUC workers could be spared to go ahead and offer their time and services.  

“When they left, they knew they would be gone until this weekend, possibly longer,” Parrella told us.

“Certainly Scarborough seems to be one of the hardest hit areas.”

Parrella added: “We have another two of our people driving down there today (Friday) in one of our vehicles…one of the guys already down there will come back tomorrow, but six of them will still be there.”

Parrella told us: “They have been in touch with our staff, and they said the situation was worse than they thought, worse than they could have imagined…a lot of people have been in dire need for the past five or six days.”

While all repair crews initially attacked the power outages by repairing the large feeder circuits to help as many people as possible, Parrella said: “Now it’s down to a house by house basis to restore power...that’s the nature of this situation.”

“The guys are working 14 to 16 hour days, and a lot more work needs to be done.”

Parrella told us PUC workers have relayed stories of Toronto residents, grateful for the help provided, supplying coffee and food to the workers once power was restored.

“We’re very proud of these guys and the sacrifice their making, they could be down there till New Year’s, so we’re very proud of them and they are to be commended for their selflessness and their actions.”

In addition, Algoma Power Inc. Regional Manager and Director of Northern Development Tim Lavoie, in an email to SooToday.com Friday, stated: “Algoma Power has responded to the requests for help along with some volunteers who offered to spend time away from their families and friends to help others.”

“Our Algoma Power crew along with a crew from Canadian Niagara Power worked to assist Powerstream in their restoration efforts since December 23.”  

“Many customers have had power restored during the time since and we hope to have our employees back soon to spend some time at home.”

“We have received messages of gratitude from customers and management of Powerstream for the help the crews have provided,” Lavoie wrote.

The Ontario government has been providing daily updates on the situation in Toronto and surrounding areas.

600,000 customers were affected by power outages at the ice storm’s beginning.

As of Friday, the province reports power restoration work continues around the clock, though “significant work remains to be done to bring the remaining impacted customers back online.”

From an original number of 300,000 without power, 32,400 Toronto Hydro customers are still affected.

From a peak of 120,000, there are still 4,800 Hydro One customers without power in Bolton, Guelph and Orangeville.

In areas serviced by other utilities, 4400 customers are still without power in Brampton, Halton Hills, York, Durham and Milton.

Toronto Hydro has acknowledged support has been received from the Sault PUC and several other utility companies.

TTC service and GO Transit is reported as fully operational.

Warming centres have been set up to care for customers suffering through this ordeal.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and utility company officials have visited warming centres and repair crews on a regular basis.

 

Comments
19
Please sign in to post a response
Note: Comments that appear on the site are not the opinion of SooToday.com. Keep discussions civil and on topic. Refrain from obscenity and don't post anything that your grandmother would be ashamed to read. Those who do not abide by these guidelines will have their membership revoked without notice. If you see an abusive post, please click the link beside the post to report it.
Pakadeva 12/27/2013 5:18:44 PM Report

VERY nice that Saultites have volunteered & some have gone to help. My best friends live in that area & they're pleased to have some of our folks helping. Thank you! The true Christmas Spirit for sure.
Pakadeva 12/27/2013 5:18:44 PM Report

VERY nice that Saultites have volunteered & some have gone to help. My best friends live in that area & they're pleased to have some of our folks helping. Thank you! The true Christmas Spirit for sure.
I'm In 12/27/2013 5:30:47 PM Report

Pakadeva are you ok, of course the PUC is going to help out, like the Sault would expect if it was in the same emergency situation
frizz 12/27/2013 5:36:32 PM Report

Some people still have to throw a smart comment in....and it is a lot to ask at a holiday season which most are trying to have celebratory times with family and friends. Kudos to those who stepped up to the plate and thank you.
Greeky3 12/27/2013 6:09:36 PM Report

These volunteers are a testament to the dedication and commitment our utility workers have. Kudos to the workers for giving up family time to help their fellow man.
Also a special mention to Mr Lavoie and Mr Parella for organizing and sending their workers.
Pakadeva 12/27/2013 11:57:44 PM Report

Well, it's a good thing I double posted in error, cause now it's double the positivity.

I'm In, smile, all the negative energy is gonna give you a coronary! Merry Christmas to ya!
Tag33&1/3rd 12/28/2013 7:52:11 AM Report

@Pakadena "wait for it..." the negativity will come...
cjborg 12/28/2013 9:41:09 AM Report

We should and are proud of our PUC and AP personnel for their stepping up to the challenge... It is heartwarming and considerate of them to volunteer in a time of need like this....

God Bless and keep them in safety and provide them with a safe return and well deserved rest with families, friends and community....

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to one and all.....
Moonshiner 12/28/2013 9:51:37 AM Report

Sheeple....don't read more into it than what it is....16 hrs a day?Holidays? can you spell double and triple time...all expenses paid!!!Just wait until this cost shows up on your hydro bill....LMAO!!!!!
Tag33&1/3rd 12/28/2013 9:56:43 AM Report

Volunteer? Means no $ - I didn't see the word volunteer tho. --- it has come...
TOOLY 12/28/2013 10:12:01 AM Report

Moonshiner I'd bet you'd pay anything if your power was out for a week. Especially at this time of year.
If it was me I would even forgive income taxes for all the hours these fine people put in.
sinikka 12/28/2013 10:30:41 AM Report

moonshiner you had the opportunity to educate yourself and become a lineman . By doing so you too would be able to speak about double time and a half, holidays etc. Instead you show your jealousy and ignorance behind your computer. Kudos to those who are in toronto helping our fellow canadians through this hardship . I am sure that those affected greatly appreciate your help and we applaud you.
Moonshiner 12/28/2013 11:06:57 AM Report

sinika
I did infact educate myself. that's why I know its a cash cow for everyone who joins the party!The people who went down there made that choice.The real Heroes are the volunteer Firefighters and First Respnnders who have been out there for days .and are not getting paid for the service.and that's what seperates them from the rest of the sheeple!
sAUCEY 12/28/2013 12:32:27 PM Report

you no what assclown, i hope that your power goes off in the dead of winter at -45 and the linemen that are getting that cash cow pay to wake up their familes at 3 am and go outside and brave the cold and the elements to keep us warm and comfortable they forget your house for a few extra hours.. you wana talk shit then tonight at 4am wake up your houehold go put your boots on, start your truck climb a tree 40+ feet above the ground and hnag out there, then maybe just maybe you will no a little tiny bit of what these gentlemen and real heros do... also while your at stick a paperclip in your 240 stove outlet so maybe you can feel a little jolt much less than what these men are working on
sinikka 12/28/2013 12:41:56 PM Report

Moonshiner definitely jealousy , ignorance and a waste of education. Speak more so others can see clearly what an idiot you really are although i doubt it isn't apparent by now.
Grumpish 12/28/2013 1:07:09 PM Report

Awesome gesture of goodwill!

Don't let it be sullied by the remarks of those that obviously need to reflect on what good they have done.
Moonshiner 12/28/2013 1:07:58 PM Report

Thank You for your participation My study has now concluded.
Pakadeva 12/28/2013 2:04:23 PM Report

@Tagg33
Here's is the portion of the post you overlooked (((Parrella said a number of Sault PUC volunteers stepped forward, and it was determined five PUC workers could be spared to go ahead and offer their time and services.)))
Yes, a lot "volunteered", a few were sent in case we encounter problems ourselves. I don't believe it was all about money at all, 99% of us want to be home with family & friends for Christmas & New Years, not hanging out in poles & trees in the freezing cold & risking life & limb to do so. I guess some people just don't recognize what charity & goodwill means. Merry Christmas anyway!
Tag33&1/3rd 12/28/2013 4:07:55 PM Report

Agreed! Just thankful it didn't happen here as it easily could. I know people effected - I really do think it's great that workers from our region left family to help those down there $ or not!
Comments
19
Please sign in to post a response
Note: Comments that appear on the site are not the opinion of SooToday.com. Keep discussions civil and on topic. Refrain from obscenity and don't post anything that your grandmother would be ashamed to read. Those who do not abide by these guidelines will have their membership revoked without notice. If you see an abusive post, please click the link beside the post to report it.
Advertising | Membership | Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | About SooToday.com | Contact Us | Feedback

Copyright ©2014 SooToday.com - All rights reserved