MAJOR ICE STORM HITS TORONTO
WATER TREATMENT PLANT, 2 HOSPITALS ON EMERGENCY POWER
250,000 residents of the Greater Toronto Area are without power. Two of the City's
hospitals and its Water Treatment Plant are running on emergency power. Toronto Hydro has declared the 'highest level of emergency'.
A worker inside Toronto's waste management told watertoday at 1 oclock eastern that there was indeed power outages at his plant. The generator at this plant had been topped up and could run for 72 hours. Blackberry service is intermittent and is contributing to the confusion.
On the way into work today the employee saw blue sparks from
transformers and downed wires. Toronto Hydro has called the water plants, waste plants, and explained that power would be on and off according to our source.
The employee has been told by Hydro that it would be a minimum of 72 hours before normal operations resumed, when pressed the employee said it was a very very optimistic point of view. There were concerns about diesel availability and the city is monitoring the situation.
Lori from the city of Toronto info says as that at this time there are no issues with drinking water, Lori did say that sewer back ups were being reported. She would not confirm that the water utilities are on emergency back up at this time. Might be a good idea to get some pails going so you can flush.
Durham Region information line reports that there are intermittent power outages, is having a health unit person call back to give us more information. It might be a good idea to have some drinking water set aside until this event passes. Stay tuned.
Hamilton City official reports that the customers on the King/Dundas water plant should be aware that the plant is encountering sporadic power issues and the water plant is experiencing low water output. As of this time the water is on, safe but nonetheless experiencing low water pressure. The Woodward water plant, which is the largest of the two, is at full capacity.
Durham regional health reports that there no issues with drinking water and no reported incidents at this time.
According to Toronto Hydro, power restoration time is still estimated at 72 hours.
There are approximately 264,000 customers without power, down from 300,000 impacted at the height of the storm.The City of Toronto, in collaboration with the Red Cross, have opened eight Reception Centers where residents can have access to heat, food, and bottled water.
WORSE IS OVER IN TORONTO
NO STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARED
Toronto is not declaring a state of emergency as fears of high winds and more power outages did not materialize. The city's Mayor Rob Ford believes the worse is over although more than 200,000 residents are still witout power and could be in the dark until the weekend. Power was restored to the East End Hospital early this morning and we were told that the Water treatment Plant is also up and running. The ice storm which also caused power outages in Quebec, mosly south of Montreal, is now moving to the Atlantic provinces.
90,000 TORONTONIANS STILL WITHOUT POWER
With help of hydro crews from Quebec, Alberta and the US, hydro is steadily being re-established across the Greater Toronto Area. There are now 90,000 residents without power down from 250,000 two days ago. We will keep you informed of any further developments.
TORONTO ICE STORM DAY 5
54,000 STILL IN THE DARK AND COLD
Snowfall and falling branches slowed down yesterday's efforts to restore power to the remaining 54,000 still in the dark in Toronto, causing a new wave of power outages. Toronto Hydro is concentrating its efforts on the Scarborough area today. In the aftermath of the ice storm that traveled through three provinces, about 74,000 customers in Ontario, 8,900 in Quebec and 19,000 in New Brunswick still don’t have power on Boxing Day.
TORONTO ICE STORM DAY 8
FEWER THAN 7,500 WITHOUT POWER
Toronto Hydro CEO Anhtony Haines expects power to be restored to all by end of day, as the numbers are dropping minute by minute. The ice strom is estimated to have cost Toronto Hydro between $8 and $10 million, while municipal clean-up costs amount to some $1 million a day. Mayor Ford has called for a special council meeting on January 10 . It is expected he will ask the province to help defray the cost.
TORONTO ICE STORM DAY 9
ALL POWER TO BE RESTORED TODAY
ONTARIO PREMIER MUM ON AID TO CITY
Nine days after a massive ice storm paralyzed Toronto cutting power to hundreds of thousands of Toronto residents, hydro crews have restored power to all but 725 customers. Toronto Hydro CEO Anthony Haines said the lights should be back on for everyone by the end of the day.
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced today that Torontonians who lost food because of power outages can pick up grocery store gift cards at Ontario Works offices starting on Tuesday. Families are eligible for a $100 gift card while individuals will get a $50 voucher. Four retail chains – Loblaw, Shoppers Drug Mart, Metro and Sobeys – have each donated $25,000 in gift cards, which the provincial government is matching. Wynn id not give any indications of possible disaster aid for the City of Toronto.
100 HOMES STILL TO GO
GIFT CARDS RUN OUT
Ten days after the worst ice storm in Toronto's history, just 100 homes remain without power reports the Toronto Star. Initially, over 300,000 customers were without power, some for as long as nine days, the longest in Toronto Hydro's history. Hydro's call centre received 138,000 calls in a single day at the storm's peak, more than 30 times the normal call volume of 3,000 to 4,000 calls which lead to criticism that residents were left in the dark. Clearing downed trees and repairing damage across the GTA is expected to take up to eight weeks.
Families in need are eligible for $100 gift cards available at Ontario Works offices throughout the city.
But many offices ran out of the cards before noon today, leaving many people stuck in lineups for cards that were no longer available.