TORONTO, July 13, 2011 /CNW/ - Hydro One crews are working to rebuild
more than 80 hydro poles destroyed by a devastating forest fire in
Northwestern Ontario, 90 kilometres north of Ear Falls. The fire has
caused severe damage to a section of Hydro One's transmission line and
affected more than 600 local residents.
Customers affected by the fire live in communities including Slate
Falls, Cat Lake, Mishkeegogamang and Pickle Lake. The reconstruction is
expected to take until Monday, July 18, 2011.
Hydro One crews were able to access a section of the damaged hydro
corridor yesterday after the Ministry of Natural Resources determined
it was safe to do so. More than 80 lines staff and other support
personnel began reconstruction today. The Company had already assembled
crews and equipment near the site and surveyed the site by helicopter
so restoration could begin as soon as it was safe to do so. Crews will
now rebuild 80 structures destroyed by the fire and a further 40 which
were seriously damaged along a 13 km stretch of the hydro line.
"We're on the site rebuilding dozens of our structures lost to the fire,
with a goal of energizing the rebuilt line section as soon as
possible," said Myles D'Arcey, Senior Vice President, Customer
Operations. Power is expected to be restored to all residents by
Monday, barring any changes in the wind or weather.
Hydro One crews are working closely with the Ministry of Natural
Resources to ensure the safety of all personnel. It is expected that
weather conditions combined with fire fighting efforts will allow Hydro
One crews to continue advancing along the Right of Way as structures
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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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