Around 250,000 customers are currently without power, the highest concentration along the Highway 401 corridor from Etobicoke to Scarborough, after a devastating ice storm in Toronto.
“It truly is a catastrophic ice storm that we have had here, probably one of the worst we’ve ever had,” CP24 quoted Toronto Hydro CEO Anthony Haines as saying. “We’ve got lines down everywhere and we’ve got some of our major feeders through the city serving things like hospitals that are without power right now.”
City streets are strewn with fallen trees that have crumpled under the weight of 20 to 30 mm of freezing rain, blocking off road access to many homes and bringing down power lines.
“If people are seeing lines down, you need to call the police, call fire, or call Toronto Hydro and we’re getting out, first of all, to make sure everybody is safe.”
Power restoration for major customers and essential services – such as hospitals and water systems – will be the priority, Haines said. Cleanup and restoration in residential neighbourhoods will follow.
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