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Unplanned power interruption in east end

Saturday, January 11, 2014   by: Staff

The PUC has offered an explanation to those in the east end of the city who may be waking up to find their clocks flashing 12:00.

A failed insulator on an overhead conductor reportedly caused an unplanned interruption in power in the early morning hours Saturday.

PUC reported that 1,386 customers were effected by the outage.

The area effected was Wellington Street East south to Queen Street, Brock Street east to Lake Street.

Power was reported to be off at 1:11 a.m. Saturday and restored to all customers by 3:29 a.m.

If you are still without power call the PUC Emergency number at (705) 759-6555.

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Mr. Poster 1/11/2014 7:46:03 AM Report

WHAT...ANOTHER BIRD WILL BE BLAMED? There is obviously equipment problems in that stretch. I live in this area and we seem to get hit with these outages a lot. It would seem a major overhaul of the old equipment in the old hospital area is warranted.
flyhawk25 1/11/2014 8:26:10 AM Report

The power was on at Simpson St..Every time the weather changes we seem to get an outage downtown.That seldom happened when the hospitals were down there.
It is also where the majority of folks dependent on elevators live.
Skierguy 1/11/2014 9:19:02 AM Report

Who was it that was letting PUC users know about the antiquated hardware that needed to replaced that got pushed back ahead of the funding for their new fancy building?
Beej 1/11/2014 9:21:02 AM Report

"A failed insulator on an overhead conductor reportedly caused an unplanned interruption"

They can tell you whatever they want you to hear!
You wouldn't know the difference.
Bottom line is they are a company that's made some really bad decisions and we suffer for it time and time again.
Speaking of which, what are you doing about our crap water??
Gurpy 1/11/2014 10:28:54 AM Report

What happens to all the people who were late for work this morning? Does PUC contact their employers with yet another LAME excuse?? Clocks don`t re-set all by themselves!
Gurpy 1/11/2014 10:31:20 AM Report

They are "working on it". Another LAME excuse. We should try that when they want us to pay our bill! Tell them we are "working on it" and it may take a few years!
shju 1/11/2014 11:04:00 AM Report

YES I DEMAND A 1/5th of 1 % of a rebate on my bill! That 2 hours of having no power when I sleep is causing me so much stress I cant seem to function in society or have any common sense. The cost associated with the building is like the cost to build a house compared to a nuclear power plant. Things fail...... When your car doesn't start are you going to blame the car company? Things happen.. roll with it. I swear everyone here must be rich and famous and in perfect health and have perfect lives. I would hate to live in your households. The limit you set on what you deem acceptable is asinine.
flyhawk25 1/11/2014 11:43:52 AM Report

I am paying ever more for PUC and getting ever less.
I don't demand perfection. The status quo would be fine.
Gurpy 1/11/2014 12:07:58 PM Report

PUC is an ongoing service it`s customers are forced to pay for wether the service is good or bad. There is no similarities with owning a vehicle. We don`t pay PUC once only. We pay on a month to month basis. If you were to lease a vehicle which gave you nothing but grief, would you not address the issues and expect compensation of some sort?
mallet 1/11/2014 12:42:29 PM Report


I will agree with you on one thing that it is unacceptable that there are outages on a regular basis, so complain to the OEB they have a page for this type of complaint.
The one thing I will disagree with you on is the fact that people with health problems should NOT want to live in appartments higher than the second floor. The North Bay housing people have seniors with ambulatary problems living on 10th floors when they know the elevators need major repairs. I Know that it is your choice to live in the penthouse suites, but they should not complain when a mechanical device fails...
flyhawk25 1/11/2014 1:21:26 PM Report

mallet...the 'devices' aren't failing the PUC is.
When my elevator was broken for 44 days I contacted my lawyer.
Do I have to sue the PUC to keep the power on?
shju 1/11/2014 4:39:50 PM Report

An outage of 2 hours is hardly something to contact a lawyer on. And you are getting the services you pay for. When the power is out.... you aren't paying for it.
They aren't breaking the porcelain 50 ft up in the air on purpose. The more the system is on the more they make. You lose what 2 hours of facebook? they lose millions of dollars plus the non stop harassment from yuppies.
shju 1/11/2014 4:45:07 PM Report

And please define good or bad service, The voltage incoming to my house is roughly the same all the time. It never causes any issues. My water pressure is always the same. I have lost power here and there during storms from downed power lines but having power lines up in the air is cheaper then paying an extra $100 a month to bury them all.
You people pay more in cell phone bills then it costs to supply your house with power and you are going to complain you aren't getting something at a reasonable rate? IF you want puc to go down stop buying fridges that consume 1800 watts of power, 1200 watt micowaves, 2,3,4 tvs on all the time. As demand goes up so does the price to keep up with it. The more stress you put on the system the more chances things will fail over time.
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