The work to restore power to hundreds of New Sudbury residents continues today, with about 300 customers still without electricity today after a powerful downburst Monday afternoon.
Greater Sudbury Utilities said it hopes to have power restored to all customers by the weekend.
Customers were still without power as of Wednesday evening in the following areas: Grandview from Montrose to Abigail, Abigail, Kiandra, part of Beaumont, Normandy, Cardinal, Parisien, Palisade, Magnolia, Orange Grove, Inglewood, Galway inside the cul de sac, part of Kipling, part of Kingston, 1605-1641 Agincourt and 1096-1118 Woodbine.
“Crews from North Bay Hydro, Sault Ste. Marie PUC and Lakeland Power will remain for another couple of days until we restore all areas,” said a press release from Greater Sudbury Utilities.
“We are hopeful that can be done for the weekend. From a safety perspective, please remind people to observe our traffic barriers, and stay clear of any trees, poles or wires that are compromised, leaning or on the ground.
“Before your power is restored, make sure your stove or cooktop is shut off and any appliances like curling or flat irons are unplugged. Good idea to do the same with sensitive electronic equipment.
“With high temperatures expected Thursday, please check on neighbors who might not yet have power to ensure they are safe, particularly if they are elderly or vulnerable.”
Once all lines are energized, some homes with damaged masts (the connection point between Greater Sudbury Hydro power lines and the home—usually looks like a pipe) will need to have repairs completed by an electrician, and then ESA (Electrical Safety Authority) must do an inspection and forward an authorization to the utility before we can complete the reconnection.
"We advise people to be pro-active;" the press release said. "If the service mast on your home looks damaged, call an electrician now to get it fixed. That will expedite your reconnection once power is restored in your area."
Visit www.sudburyhydro.com for more information.