Crews were continuing to work Tuesday to restore service to the last of thousands in Hamilton who were left without power in the wake of the weekend ice storm.
Hydro One started Tuesday Tuesday with about 9,000 customers still in the dark.
But a check of their website mid-afternoon suggested that number had been reduced to below 3,000.
The utility was saying it hoped to have all service restored by 10 pm Christmas Eve but added that there was no guarantee.
Horizon Utilities, meantime, only had about 400 customers still without service at the start of the day and hoped to have them all re-connected by late Tuesday afternoon.
Once it restores power to a neighbourhood, Horizon says that individuals may still be without power.
It could mean a customer’s own equipment has been damaged by the ice storm and requires repair by a certified contractor.
Horizon is not authorized to perform repairs on customer-owned equipment.
Customer-owned equipment is defined as a “stack” or pipe affixed to the side of a premises that contains electrical wiring into the building.
Here’s the latest update from the City of Hamilton:
City crews are working to address downed branches and tree limbs. Residents are asked where possible to leave branches at curb side for pick up. We anticipate that the collection of branches may take a week or two and will occur on regularly scheduled collection days.
Garbage/recycling collection has not been affected by the storm and will continue as scheduled this week. There will be NO green cart, recycling, yard waste, bulk items, or garbage pick-up on Wednesday, December 25 and Wednesday, January 1, 2014. Pick-up will occur on the day AFTER your regularly scheduled pick-up for residents with Wednesday, Thursday or Friday collection days. Waste must be at the curb for pick-up by 7:00am.
Hydro staff continue to respond to customers without power and are working to ensure power is restored to homes as quickly as possible.
- Horizon Utilities estimates approximately 400 homes without power, with crews working to restore power to those as quickly as possible.
- Hydro One has reported 9,000 homes remain without power, the majority located in Flamborough and some areas of Dundas, Ancaster and Glanbrook. Estimates indicate that power will be restored by 10 pm.
The following warming centres remain open for residents that require assistance. Residents are accessing them to charge up their mobile devices and utilize the showers. Staff will be reassessing the requirements for continued operation of warming centres.
- North Wentworth Arena – 27 Hwy #5, Flamborough (map & directions) – open throughout Tuesday night
- Huntington Park Recreation Centre – 87 Brentwood Dr., Hamilton (map & directions) – to close Tuesday at 4pm
In light of today’s weather and snow accumulation salt and sand is being applied to roadways and all available crews are out. Sidewalks and bus stops are also receiving material application to ensure they are safe for residents. HSR is running at full service and not experiencing any interruptions.
For any emergencies related to City-services, please call 905-546-CITY (2489). Our Contact Centre is open 24 hours a day.