TORONTO, July 22, 2011 /CNW/ - Hydro One confirms that at 2:50 p.m.
(central time) it restored power to communities that have been impacted
by forest fires in northwestern Ontario.
Restoring power involved rebuilding parts of a power line that serves
communities including Pickle Lake, and Slate Falls, Cat Lake, and
Mishkeegogamang First Nations. Hydro One crews worked closely with the
Ministry of Natural Resources to ensure the safety of all personnel
responding to the outage.
The fires caused two extended power outages during the past 12 days.
The first outage was a result of fires that burnt more than 80 poles on
the line. Hydro One rebuilt the sections of the line and restored power
within three days after being given access to the impacted areas by the
Ministry of Natural Resources.
The forest fire caused a second outage on Sunday, July 17 and burned an
additional 14 poles. Hydro One mobilized 55 people and equipment to
rebuild the section of line impacted by fires. Fire activity
throughout this week hampered workers' ability to undertake necessary
repair work. Workers were given clearance to access the site on
Thursday, July 21. Power was restored a day and half after crews were
"We are acutely aware of the impact these power outages have had on
communities who are struggling to deal with the devastating effects of
the forest fires," said Laura Formusa, President and CEO, Hydro One.
"As soon as we were allowed access and able to get on the ground, our
people worked tirelessly to rebuild the line."
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
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