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Ice Storm Update - City of Pickering

Pickering, ON, December 23, 2013 – Veridian continues its efforts to restore power. Some areas may see the power restored tonight, but they are cautioning residents to prepare to be without power until sometime tomorrow, as long as the weather cooperates.

Staff would like to remind residents that the Pickering Recreation Complex and Arena, located at 1867 Valley Farm Road is a designated 24 hour warming centre for families and pets looking for food, warmth and shelter. The Red Cross has registered more than 120 people at the warming centre so far, and residents are asked to bring any items that would make their stay more comfortable as resources are limited. This includes  towels, toiletries, pillows, blankets, snacks, plates, and napkins. The Claremont Community Centre is also open as a warming centre for residents. The Red Cross is donating cots and the Salvation Army continues to donate food for those staying at the warming centre.

Veridian has advised the estimated restoration times for the following areas in Pickering:

  • West Pickering – Approximately 6,000 customers in the area west of Dixie Road and both north and south of Highway #2 continue to be without service. The area is supplied by a Hydro One supply feeder from Scarborough. Veridian has patrolled its lines to ensure that they are clear and ready for service once Hydro One’s supply is restored. Hydro One has completed repairs on its section of lines, and service should be restored to many of the affected customers tonight.
  • South-east Pickering – Approximately 1,000 customers, primarily businesses, are without power in the area bounded by Highway #401 to the north, Lake Ontario to the south, Brock Road to the west and Church Street to the east. Service crews have patrolled lines to assess damage. The commencement of repair work is tentatively scheduled for tomorrow.
  • North Pickering – Approximately 2,500 customers in the communities of Claremont, Brougham, Green River, Greenwood and surrounding areas north of the third Concession are without service. Service crews have been working in this area today, and it is projected that power will be restored late tonight.
  • Bay Ridges/Frenchman’s Bay – Approximately 2,000 customers are without power in an area bounded by Sandy Beach Rd. to the east, Frenchman’s Bay to the west, and Bayly Street to the north. Overhead lines in this area have been patrolled to identify areas in need of attention. Work on identified problem areas will likely commence tomorrow.
  • Central Pickering – An identified problem has disrupted power to about 1,800 customers located north of Glenanna Road, between Dixie and Liverpool Roads. Repair work is tentatively scheduled for tomorrow.
  • Miscellaneous – Smaller scale outages have been reported near the intersections of Brock Road/Major Oaks Road and Brock Road/Kingston Road. Lines crews are investigating.

We must emphasize that these are estimated times only. For regular updates on the power outage please visitwww.veridian.on.ca, or follow Veridian on Twitter at @Veridian Tweets. Fallen wires can be reported to Veridian’s 24-hour Outage Hotline by calling 1-866-579-6819. 

“Veridian and Hydro One crews are working around the clock to restore power,” said Mayor Dave Ryan. “My thoughts remain with those without power, and it has been truly inspirational to watch neighbours band together to help one another through this tough period. I ask you to please remain patient, and stay safe.”

“City crews continue to work on blocked roads and driveways in a priority sequence ,” said John Hagg, Deputy Fire Chief. “Please ensure you stay away from any downed wires and treat them as live and dangerous.”

Safety tips to consider during the power outage include:

  • use flashlights or battery operated lanterns instead of candles
  • do not bring charcoal barbeques indoors – they are for outdoor use only
  • make sure electric stove elements and small appliances are off or unplugged to prevent fires from starting when the electricity is restored
  • only use portable space heaters that have been designated for indoor use and provide adequate ventilation while in use
  • Electrically-connected smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms will not work when the power is out, unless they have battery back-ups. Make sure your home has a battery operated smoke alarm on every storey

Please report any hazardous conditions to the Customer Care at 905.683.7575, and report any non-hazardous conditions to customercare@pickering.ca and they will be dealt with in a priority sequence. Please use 911 services for emergencies only. 

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