TORONTO, June 7 /CNW/ - A tornado that knocked over trees and downed
power lines Sunday morning in the Leamington area resulted in power
outages to 4,500 local Hydro One customers. Hydro One crews worked
throughout the night to restore power. About 2,300 customers in the area
remain without power on Monday morning.
"We have deployed additional Lines and Forestry staff from adjacent
locations into the Essex area," said Myles D'Arcey, Senior
Vice-President, Customer Operations. "Our crews are working tirelessly
to clean up the downed trees and repair the broken lines and poles so
that the local community can get back to business as soon as possible."
About 150 Hydro One staff are working on the restoration effort
including 80 lines maintainers, 30 damage assessors and 20 foresters.
Approximately 70 poles and a significant number of wires are broken or
damaged and need to be replaced. It is expected most customers will have
power restored later tonight, although some customers may be without
power until Tuesday afternoon.
Hydro One delivers electricity safely, reliably and responsibly to homes
and businesses across the province of Ontario and owns and operates
Ontario's 29,000 km high-voltage transmission network that delivers
electricity to large industrial customers and municipal utilities, and a
123,000 km low-voltage distribution system that serves about 1.3 million
end-use customers and smaller municipal utilities in the province. Hydro
One is wholly owned by the Province of Ontario.
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