Hydro Ottawa Limited

Hydro Ottawa Limited

April 26, 2009 21:33 ET

Hydro Ottawa Restores Power to 10,000 Customers; 500 Customers Remain Without Power in Wake of Saturday's Severe Storm

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 26, 2009) - Hydro Ottawa confirms it has now restored power to about 10,000 customers who were impacted by Saturday's high winds. About 500 customers remain without power as of 8:00 Sunday evening. Saturday's storm saw winds of up to 100 kms per hour, resulting in toppled hydro poles, downed lines and trees.

Significant progress has been made over the past 24 hours as crews responded to hundreds of localized outages, removing damaged tree limbs and repairing electrical equipment. Hydro Ottawa has mobilized all available line crews to assist in the restoration efforts. The utility anticipates it will take an additional 24 hours to restore power to all customers impacted by this storm.

Much of the damage to the electrical distribution system has been caused by falling trees and branches. Many poles have been broken, and electrical equipment such as conductors, insulators, switches and transformers were damaged.

As of 8:00 p.m., Hydro Ottawa reports that all outages have been restored with the exception of the following areas:

Shillington

Britannia

Lenester

City View

Stittsville

Vanier; and

Rockcliffe.

If customers outside of these areas are still without power, they should call Hydro Ottawa's power outage information line at 613 738-0188 and speak to a live agent to report the outage.

Hydro Ottawa is working to restore power to all customers as quickly and safely as possible. The utility urges members of the public to maintain a safe distance from any fallen power lines and to report the location of fallen wires as soon as possible.

About Hydro Ottawa Limited

Hydro Ottawa Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc., is the third largest municipal electricity company in the province. Hydro Ottawa is responsible for the safe, reliable delivery of electricity to more than 291,000 residential and business customers in the city of Ottawa and the village of Casselman. Hydro Ottawa is proud to be a founding member of powerWISE®, a program developed in partnership with the Ontario Government and five other electricity distribution companies to promote energy conservation to consumers, reduce the overall demand for electricity and build a conservation culture meant to last for years to come.

Contact Information

  • Hydro Ottawa Limited
    R. Susan Barrett
    Supervisor, Communications & Public Affairs
    Media Pager: 613-221-0063