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Power outages continue in Toronto three days after vicious windstorm

Posted on 09 May 2018 by admin

Widespread destruction made process much slower, leaving as many as 600 people still without power Monday night.

The widespread destruction caused by a Friday windstorm made the process to restore power to people’s homes slower, leaving hundreds still without electricity more than 72 hours later, Toronto Hydro says.

“We had over 400 wires down across the city, and at one point we had 1,500 different outage events in the queue at the same time,” spokesperson Brian Buchan said.

Buchan said that the outages are individual incidents spread across the city, instead of a concentrated area, making it more labour-intensive than usual.

He said 630 people were still without power as of late Monday afternoon, and said Hydro Toronto is working to get that number to zero.

Buchan said he hoped to have the majority of people back with power Monday night, but it may take longer for people who have experienced major property damage.

Janine Smith said her apartment building in Downsview had been without power or water since Saturday. While it’s an inconvenience for her, it caused serious issues for elderly and disabled tenants.

“It’s annoying for me, it’s dangerous for other people,” she said Monday afternoon.

One of her neighbours is recovering from cancer, and is hooked up to medical equipment.

“His immune system is just wiped so he can’t leave his apartment,” she said. “And even if he could, he can’t take oxygen tanks and all of his equipment down 36 flights of stairs.”

Smith said some tenants left their apartments to stay with other people. Smith said she had to shower at her sister-in-law’s house on Sunday.

Toronto Hydro said power to her building had been restored by Monday evening.

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