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Warming centres opened, still 500+ Hydro One customers without power

Restoration times vary from this evening to still unknown
More than 500 Hydro One customers in and around the city remain without power following Wednesday's snowstorm. (File)

The City of Greater Sudbury has opened warming centres in Wahnapitae and Dowling for hundreds of Hydro One customers who are still without power following Wednesday's record-setting snowstorm.

The Wahnapitae Community Centre at 161 Glenbower Cres. is open as a warming centre for residents who remain without power following Wednesday's storm.

The Canadian Red Cross will be in attendance with comfort items for those in need. 

The community centre will remain open until 6 p.m. this evening, Nov. 29. Residents in areas with restored power are encouraged to share this information with those still waiting.

The Hydro One outage map shows there is a large swath of people, about 120 in all, in the Red Deer Lake Road North area that are without power. Hydro One crews are still assessing the damage and there is no estimate time for restoration as of yet.

There are pockets of customers along Red Deer Lake Road, close to Highway 537, in the Kantola Road-Jumbo Road areas without power. Again, the cause remains unknown, but these customers do have a restoration time: 11 p.m. Nov. 29.

As well, there are also pockets of customers, likely more than 100, based on the map, along Highway 17 between Wahnapitae and Markstay-Warren without power, mostly due to downed power lines or trees on the lines.

The utility says most, if not all, of these customers will be restored around 6 p.m. this evening.

On the other side of the city, there are hundreds of customers in the Vermillion Lake, Fairbank, as well as pockets of customers in the Valley and Skead areas, that remain without power today.

Reconnection times for most of these are between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. tonight. Hydro One is still trying to determine the cause of the outage around Dowling that is affecting 384 customers.

The Dowling Leisure Centre, 79 Main Street West, is open as a warming centre until 9 p.m. tonight for people who need it.

If you know of someone without power, they're likely unaware of the warming stations being opened. The city is asking you to notify those who might need the service.


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