Ice storm 2013: where the power is still out in Ontario

The Globe and Mail

A pedestrian steps over a downed power line, heading a home made sign in the middle of the street in downtown Brampton on Dec. 22, 2013. (J.P. MOCZULSKI For The Globe and Mail)

About 340,000 homes and businesses across Ontario remain without electricity because of the ice storm that passed through the southern part of the province and into Atlantic Canada.

Here is a look at where the outages have happened – and a roundup of road conditions, public transit and flight travel as of Monday morning.

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Power outages

In Toronto, 219,000 customers are waiting for power to be reconnected. That number is down from the 244,000 reported earlier today. About 80,000 have had their power restored since the height of the storm, says Toronto Hydro. Crews have been working around the clock. Getting power restored in time for Christmas represents a “very aggressive schedule,” said Anthony Haines, Toronto Hydro’s chief executive officer.

In York Region, PowerStream reported 20,600 customers without power around noon time. That number is down from 29,000 customers in Markham, Aurora, Richmond Hill, Thornhill and Vaughan and areas without power at 9 a.m. Power for most customers is expected to be restored later on Monday, says the energy company.

In Mississauga, Enersource reported 539 customers without power on Monday morning. Twelve hours earlier, Enersource had reported 13,000 customers without power.

Hydro One reported 120,000 customers still without power on Monday morning and asked for patience as the utility worked to restore power to 9,200 customers in Brampton and more than 111,000 customers around Orillia, Belleville and Simcoe.

In Toronto, the Sheppard subway line remained closed for a second day. Service on the Scarborough rapid transit was restored Monday. Toronto’s streetcars are operating – after service was stopped on Sunday. Elsewhere on the transit system, shuttle buses replaced subway service between Kennedy and Woodbine stations, but by mid-afternoon subway service had been restored. Also, trains were not stopping at North York Centre and Yorkdale stations because there was no electricity.

Transit

GO Transit is operating on a “adjusted winter storm” schedule that allows it to run as much bus and train service as possible to get passengers to their destinations. Earlier on Monday morning, some trains arrived more than an hour late. As of 1 p.m., delays were reported on the Richmond Hill, Lakeshore West and Lakeshore East lines.

Crews worked to remove trees on tracks, restore power to stations, and fix switches and signals so that trains could run. The schedule is changing throughout the day and customers are asked to check the GO Transit website.

Flights

At Toronto’s Pearson airport, as of 1 p.m., 68 out of 1,500 scheduled flights were cancelled and passengers were advised to check their flight status with their airline and allow for extra travel to the airport because of the weather conditions.

At Toronto’s Billy Bishop Airport, the Toronto Port Authority said the runway was clear, flights were leaving on time, and there was heavy passenger volume resulting from Sunday’s flight cancellations.

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