Almost 2,500 Torontonians Left Without Power since Ice Storm

As of Monday morning, an estimate of 2,500 customers are still without power in the Greater Toronto Area since a week after an ice storm hit Eastern Canada and caused electricity failure to about 300,000 customers. According to Toronto Hydro, it aims to have most of its customers’ electricity back on the grid by Monday. Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and Toronto Hydro are anticipated to soon give an official update about the exact number of homes that are still left without power at an 8 a.m. ET briefing.

According to the latest update provided on Sunday, an estimate of 600 homes is remaining without power, majority of which are localized outages which implies that they are time consuming. On the other hand, the emergency response officials claim that the abnormal increase in the number of calls that started after the storm has not stopped. Even after a week since the storm, emergency calls are still almost 10 times the normal volume. EMS emergency medical dispatcher, Rocky Ruffalo, alleged that it has become a challenge to prioritize these calls since “one of the toughest calls to field was people that were on home oxygen and with the power being out, they knew that they only had a specific period of time left for their home oxygen.”

In Sunday’s briefing, Ford explained that power restoration and repairs has cost approximately $1 million per day to the city. He alleged that “so it’s going to cost Toronto Hydro $10 million on the high side,” and “the very low side is about $8 million.”

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