Dec 24, 2013

By Bob Sheppard

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Toronto Hydro officials say about 85-thousand customers remain without power in the city as of 3:00 p.m. Friday.

That’s substantially down from the more than 300-thousand at the peak of the outages, but Mayor Rob Ford says the last 50 thousand will be the hardest.

That’s because many of those addresses will involve individual attention, as opposed to clearing one downed wire that serves multiple addresses.

Hydro One estimates about 60-thousand customers are still without power in other parts of the province.

Meanwhile, the mayor says it’s been great to see Toronto residents pull together during the crisis, and he urges everyone to do what they can to help those struggling with the after-effects of the storm. 

He says we can help by making sure any vulnerable fellow citizens such as older Zoomers and those with disabilities are able to get to a warming centre or other shelter.

In some cases good neighbours have been taking hot food to some of the warming centres.

There’s an extreme cold weather alert in the city of Toronto.  That means there will be more basic services provided for the homeless.

Emergency officials say those still without power should get to a warming centre.

For a list of the city’s warming centres, which now include 2 schools and 13 Toronto Police divisions, click here.

Toronto Fire and EMS officials continue to warn people not to use generators or barbecues indoors in order to keep warm or cook.   And that includes in the garage.

They point out that doing so means there’s a real danger of starting a fire or being poisoned by carbon monoxide.

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