Oshawa Power hopeful for total return to service Sunday night/Monday morning
Published May 23, 2022 at 8:10 am
Oshawa Power has all but 350 customers in the rural areas of the north part of the city powered up after Saturday’s devastating storm that caused widespread damage across the region and resulted in seven deaths in Ontario, including one in Durham.
As of 6 p.m. Sunday the utility company had responded to more than 9,000 customers without power.
Oshawa Power crews and control staff have been working on a rotating 24/7 schedule to restore power and were hopeful for a total return to service for late Sunday night or early Monday morning.
The storm’s heavy winds created a significant amount of tree and infrastructure damage to the electric grid and public infrastructure with crews worked day and night to clear debris and restore power. The crews also cleared tree branches from individual home services to temporarily restore power while homeowners arranged for permanent repairs to their masts and ESA approval to fully reconnect.
“We want to thank our people who worked tirelessly to restore power quickly and safely to our community and allow our customers to get back to normal. Our strong storm response experience enables our team to restore power quickly and ensure that our grid is more resilient to withstand these extreme events occurring more frequently,” said Ivano Labricciosa, Oshawa President and CEO of Oshawa Power.
For safety and outage Information call 911 and Oshawa Power to immediately report any downed wires or electrical hazards. Residents are also encouraged to visit the safety and outages website and emergency preparedness page.