COSTLY STORM CLEANUP NOT DONE YET: 18,000 STILL IN THE DARK

Dec 28, 2013

By Bob Sheppard

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The number of homes and business without electricity in Toronto was down to about 18,000 as of 11:00 a.m. Saturday.

But weather conditions could slow down the progress of work crews, and could mean even more power outages.

Warmer temperatures and gusty winds could cause more ice-covered branches to snap and fall on hydro lines.

Toronto’s emergency fund has been severely affected because of the storm.

Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly says the cost of the cleanup has not been tallied yet, be he says it’s going to strain the city’s finances.

Kelly says the emergency fund was already drained by the record flood that hit Toronto in July.

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