Enersource Hydro Mississauga

October 16, 2006 17:55 ET

Enersource Crews Bring Assistance to Fort Erie "State of Emergency"

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews -Oct. 16, 2006) -

Attenion News Editors:

Enersource Hydro Mississauga crews have been dispatched to the Fort Erie region to assist Canadian Niagara Power in a massive restoration effort in the wake of a devastating snowstorm. An original detachment of Enersource line maintenance personnel were sent by convoy to the site early Sunday morning. Today three additional workers were added, bringing the deployment to 16 workers in the stricken region.

Canadian Niagara Power Inc., the electricity distributor serving the area, has according to the Town of Fort Erie mobilized more than 150 of its own personnel in the field, working around the clock. In the hardest hit areas, some 70 poles are being replaced and entire neighbourhood grids are being rebuilt.

Initially, nearly all of Fort Erie's 30,000 residents were without power following a freak early season snowstorm that struck the region Thursday. The relatively brief but heavy snowfall collapsed tree branches bringing down hydro services across the Niagara Region in southern Ontario. The snowstorm, part of a system that also caused widespread power outages across New York State, dumped 30 centimetres in the Fort Erie and Port Colborne area, an amount reported to exceed all past snowfall for such a short period since records they were first kept in the 1870s.

Enersource Hydro Mississauga Inc., an affiliate of Enersource Corporation, serves over 180,000 customers in the City of Mississauga. Enersource Corporation is a diversified energy and technologies company focusing on quality of service with the distribution of electricity the promotion and delivery of conservation and smart metering solutions to meet government objectives, and increasing involvement in distributed generation to enhance provincial electricity supply. The Corporation is 90% owned by the City of Mississauga, and 10% owned by BPC Energy Corporation (Borealis), a subsidiary of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System.

In 1998, Enersource dispatched 45 employees to assist in storm recovery efforts during the massive ice storm in eastern Ontario and Quebec - the worst natural disaster in Canadian history. For more about Enersource visit www.enersource.com.

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    Ken MacDonald
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