Jul 11, 2013
By Jane Brown
Power is back on in Etobicoke for all but a few customers. It’s quite a difference from this time yesterday morning when as many as 10,000 customers were without electricity following Monday’s rain drenching storm. The outages were mainly caused by two flooded Hydro One transmission stations in Etobicoke that distribute power to the city’s west end. But customers like restaurant owner Mark Azaria are frustrated. He says he had to throw out more than $8000 worth of lobster tails, scallops and filet mignon because of the power outage. Toronto Hydro CEO Anthony Haines understands the frustration and tells CP24, “a new strategy for the city of Toronto is being developed along with Hydro One and the provincial agencies, and we’ve been working with the Ministry on that for some time now. We’re hoping to be out in the community for the next six months or so talking about some options, so I think this is probably going to put a real focus on what those options are going to look like and what the trade offs are.”
Toronto hydro customers are still being asked to conserve electricity while the power stations in Etobicoke are repaired. In the hours after Monday’s storm, some 300-thousand Toronto Hydro customers were without electricity. Crews had to remove 15 swimming pools worth of water from the Manby Power station near Bloor and Kipling in their challenge to restore electricity to tens of thousands in the city’s west end. The full subway system is running normally. Same for GO trains.