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Power Restoration Update from Toronto Hydro-Electric System

MAR 2, 2007 - 09:26 ET
TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 2, 2007)

As of 8:45 a.m., Toronto Hydro crews continue power restoration efforts in many neighbourhoods across the city. Emergency crews and call centre staff were on standby when the storm began to affect the power distribution system late Thursday night. They have worked through the night and morning hours, primarily repairing over head lines and hydro poles damaged by ice and falling tree limbs.

Problems are expected to persist through the day, until the storm passes. At present, there are power interruptions city-wide, affecting thousands of Toronto Hydro customers. All Toronto Hydro crews will be dedicated to power restoration work today, and daytime work shifts started early to relieve the overnight emergency repair crews.

During an Outage:

  • Stay clear of low-hanging and downed power lines or damaged utility poles. Report them as soon as possible at 416-542-8000.
  • Turn off or unplug electronic components and motor-driven equipment, such as fridges, furnaces and pumps.
  • Don't open the freezer. Food will remain frozen for up to two days in a closed freezer cabinet, if undisturbed. Once thawed, cook food before refreezing. Avoid opening the fridge. Perishables, such as milk, should last six to eight hours, but if in doubt, throw it out. If power is off for more than one day in sub-zero weather, you can transfer food to a cooler stored in an unheated garage or balcony. Don't leave food out in open containers.
  • Never use an indoor extension cord outdoors.
  • Listen to your emergency kit radio for updates, but if the indoor temperature gets too chilly, head to a heated shelter.
  • Check the stove is off.

For more tips on power outages, check www.torontohydro.com/poweroutage

About Toronto Hydro:

  • The Corporation is a holding company which through its wholly-owned subsidiaries:
  • Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited (THESL) - distributes electricity;
  • Toronto Hydro Energy Services Inc. - provides street lighting and expressway lighting services, and energy efficiency products and services;
  • Toronto Hydro Telecom Inc. - leases fibre optic cable capacity and provides data communication services.
  • The principal business of the Corporation is the distribution of electricity by THESL. THESL owns and operates an electricity distribution system that delivers electricity to approximately 677,000 customers located in the City of Toronto. THESL is the largest municipal electric distribution company in Canada.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
Toronto Hydro-Electric System
Tanya Bruckmueller
B: (416) 542-2621
C: (416) 902-9437
Email: tbruckmueller-wilson@torontohydro.com
Website: www.torontohydro.com