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Thousands remain without power after ice storm

Winston Sih | posted Sunday, Dec 22nd, 2013

Hydro crews continue to work around the clock to restore power in the Toronto area after the weekend’s ice storm left hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in the dark.

Toronto Hydro said 115,000 customers were without power as of early Tuesday morning, which is down from the 300,000 who were in the dark at the height of the storm.

The utility said now that critical customers have been addressed, it is working to fix feeder lines to restore power to “large numbers of customers.”

Click here for Toronto Hydro’s power outage map.

Click here for real-time updates.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and hydro officials provided an update on Tuesday morning.

Ford emphasized that the power outage will not be fully resolved by Christmas Day.

“That’s not going to happen, folks,” he said, explaining that the last 50,000 homes without power will take the most time to restore, since in most cases it’s just one house per street without power.

Scarborough is the hardest-hit area.

Meanwhile, Emergency Medical Services has attended to 3,100 calls in the last 24 hours, four times more than average, Ford said.

The Sheppard TTC subway line, which has been out of service due to a power outage since the storm, should be back up and running by noon, according to the mayor. Shuttle buses are being used in the meantime.

At a news conference on Monday, officials said the situation was still dicey as the temperature was expected to drop to the -10 C range on Tuesday without the wind chill. There is concern that frozen trees limbs could fall as winds pick up and break more power lines.

Ford said repair crews will stay on the job as long as it takes, even through Christmas. Crews from Windsor and Ottawa are arriving on Tuesday to help out and crews from Manitoba and Michigan are arriving on Wednesday.

He also said declaring a state of emergency is not necessary because he said conditions are improving.

Utilities in the Toronto area are warning that some residents may not get their power back until Boxing Day or later.

The city opened nine community centres on Sunday where people can get food and warmth. More warming centres were opened on Monday including 13 police buildings and another four community centres. Click here for a list of warming centres. Ford said that 750 people using the warming centres.

Power outages outside of Toronto
Meanwhile, outside of the GTA, Hydro One said around 56,000 customers are still waiting for their electricity to be restored.

In York Region, Powerstream said 6,400 customers are still without power in Aurora, Markham, Richmond Hill and Vaughan. Veridian Connections reports 13,000 customers in the Durham area are still affected.

In Mississauga, Enersource said 275 customers don’t have power, while in Brampton, Hydro One Brampton said 1,600 customers are still in the dark.

With files from The Canadian Press

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  • Zannas PG Zpg says:

    hey BT, we’ve been waiting to hear when Hydro may come into our street… we’re @ Homestead Road in Scarborough and up on the hill where our house is located.. all the wires are down and hanging everywhere …

    No one came into our Street as yet…

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