TORONTO, July 15, 2011 /CNW/ - Hydro One crews have nearly rebuilt a
stretch of 80 hydro poles destroyed by a devastating forest fire in
Northwestern Ontario, 90 kilometres north of Ear Falls, and expect to
restore power before Monday, July 18.
The fire caused severe damage to a section of Hydro One's transmission
line. Power is expected to be restored this weekend, following several
days of intensive restoration efforts by more than 80 Hydro One lines
staff and support personnel.
"We expect to restore power to the rebuilt line section earlier than
expected, following tremendous effort from Hydro One crews and from the
Ministry of Natural Resource's fire suppression support, as well as
support from the surrounding communities," said Gordon Caul,
Distribution Superintendant for provincial lines in Northwestern
Hydro One crews worked closely with the Ministry of Natural Resources to
ensure the safety of all personnel. Reconstruction began on Wednesday,
July 13, and 80 lines staff and support personnel continue to work
tirelessly to rebuild a 13 km line of hydro poles which were damaged or
destroyed by the fire.
Power is expected to be restored before Monday to all 630 Hydro One
customers, barring any changes in the wind or weather. Customers
affected by the fire live in communities including Slate Falls, Cat
Lake, Mishkeegogamang and Pickle Lake.
For the most recent information on power outages customers can go to: www.HydroOne.com. Photos of the restoration effort are now available online at https://picasaweb.google.com/HydroOneNetworks.
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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