Crews Work Fervently to Restore Power in Toronto
Downed power line in North York:
Clean up crews are working around the clock to restore power to hundreds of thousands of customers across the Greater Toronto Area who have been told it could be Christmas before they get electricity at home.
In Toronto, approximately 227,000 customers were without power as of 8:15 a.m. The outage appeared to be concentrated along the Highway 401 corridor from Etobicoke to Scarborough, Toronto Hydro said Sunday night.
Toronto Hydro CEO Anthony Haines called the storm “catastrophic” early Sunday. On Monday morning, Haines continued to stress the severity of the situation.
“We are very much in the midst of the longer-term planning,” he said in an early-morning interview with CP24, explaining that branches and trees continue to fall around the city, taking power lines with them. “Outages continue to happen. Things we fixed are becoming unfixed.”
Haines warned people the power might not be back in time for Christmas.
“Christmas is a very aggressive schedule,” he said. “People should prepare for the worst.”
North of the city, as of 2:15 a.m., about 48,000 customers are still impacted by the storm in Vaughan, Richmond Hill, Thornhill, Markham, Aurora and other parts of York Region according to PowerStream.
In Durham Region, 12,000 customers remained without power as of 10 a.m. Veridian said the outages are concentrated in heavily treed areas such as Pickering, Ajax, Bowmanville, Newcastle and Port Hope.
In Mississauga, roughly 750 customers remained without power overnight, down from 20,000 at the height of the storm, according to the Enersource Twitter feed.
“We are going in the right direction,” the company’s tweet said. “It’s slow going but our crews are committed.”
Read more: cp24.com
Stay safe & warm, Toronto!