3000 in Mississauga briefly without power after vehicle strikes hydro pole

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After a car struck a hydro pole in Mississauga, residents for miles were treated to dazzling flashes of blue and orange light—and then, darkness.

Over 3000 people were briefly without power Wednesday evening following the single vehicle collision, but Alectra Utilities says all the power has since been restored.

This photo was snapped moments after the blackout.
This photo was snapped moments after the blackout.  (Josh Patel / Twitter)

A video posted on Twitter showed bright pops of light leading up the blackout, including two distinctly larger flares of light, but Peel Regional Police say there was no explosion or fire. The sparks of light were “the wires shorting themselves when they came in contact with each other,” according to Peel Const. Harinder Sohi.

Police responded to the area of Hurontario St. and Burnhamthorpe Rd. E. around 7:30 p.m. for the report of a vehicle colliding with a hydro pole. There was only the driver of the vehicle in the car at the time of the collision, and they sustained no injuries. Police say there are no charges expected in this case.

Alectra Utilities tweeted just after 8 p.m. that there was an outage affecting 3,259 homes and businesses in Mississauga, stretching from Burnhamthorpe Rd. E. to Dundas St. E. Although the original estimated time of restoration was midnight, Alectra tweeted less than an hour later, at 9 p.m., that all power should have been restored.

Several residents took to social media in that hour to express their frustration, many complaining that they were missing out on the opening NHL game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens.

“What a mess. We’re in the dark here,” tweeted Matthew McGilvery.

Another resident, Kathy DeRodriguez, said she was watching TV “and all of a sudden, darkness.”

Several condiminium complexes were part of the affected area, with tenants reporting no power, even after the power was meant to have returned. After numerous residents of 310 Burnhamthorpe Rd. E. expressed their concerns, Alectra tweeted a response, advising them to contact their “property maintenance to reset the building’s main breakers.”

With files from mississauga.com

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Residents of Arlington Woods building in good spirits despite 3rd day without power

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While most Ottawa residents have their power back Monday, there is still a pocket of residences in the Arlington Woods area that are without electricity.

The Arlington at 33 Banner Rd. is one such residence, and while power is still several hours away, according to Hydro Ottawa, neighbours can be seen outside together, enjoying the post-tornado sunshine.

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The building houses a total of 229 units, many of which have been occupied by people who have been there a long time, including Shelagh O’Gorman.

According to O’Gorman, a lot of the residents have known each other for a while, but this event has served to bring the community closer together.

“We’ve received so many food and donations from so many people,” said O’Gorman. “People have been out and talking with each other, and there are some residents who can’t leave their apartments so there’s been a group of us going up and checking on them.”

Arlington Woods and Craig Henry were the two hardest-hit neighbourhoods in Nepean, Ont., after an EF-2 tornado tore through the area, critically damaging a nearby power station.


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Though they are one of the closest areas to the station, Arlington Woods has been among the last to get power back. That hasn’t dampened the residents’ spirits, though, as a lot of them make their way down to the office, where two working outlets are being used by residents to charge their electronics.

Until the power comes back on, the apartment is in need of gas for generators, hot meals, batteries and flashlights.

Hydro Ottawa is now in the midst of sending technicians door to door in the area to check on electrical equipment. The workers will be carrying ID badges and will be driving marked vehicles.

According to area councillor Keith Egli, Hydro Ottawa believes it can have the power on in the area by Monday evening.

Others from throughout the neighbourhood are also stepping up to provide food for the residents, including several Muslim organizations, Parkdale Food Centre, Shore Club restaurant and St. Louis Wings.

For more information on how to help the residents in need, contact the apartment’s main office.

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Hydro Ottawa restores power for thousands overnight; many city services closed Monday – Ottawa

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Hydro Ottawa says they were able to reconnect thousands of Ottawans with power overnight, two days after two tornadoes ripped through the Ottawa-Gatineau region on Friday night, causing enormous damage.

As of 8 a.m. Monday, about 3,570 customers remain without power in the Nepean area, in the city’s west end, down from 33,000 who remained in the dark at 11 p.m. on Sunday night, the company tweeted.

Customers still waiting to come back online are predominantly in the Arlington Woods and Craig Henry neighbourhoods, two areas among the hardest hit by the second, less powerful twister, Hydro Ottawa said. The company’s online outage map shows parts of Manordale, Sheehan Estates, Leslie Park and Centrepointe are still affected and waiting to be reconnected.

“Our crews continue to work to restore power in this heavily damaged area,” Hydro Ottawa tweeted.


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Hydro Ottawa crews have been working around the clock since Friday evening, when the two tornadoes destroyed dozens of homes, took down trees, smashed vehicles, and significantly damaged power lines and a critical transformer station in Merivale. Several people were admitted to hospital with serious injuries, two of whom were in critical condition.

Environment Canada confirmed over the weekend that an EF-3 category twister – with winds that reached 265 km/h – ripped through Dunrobin, about 35 kilometres west of the downtown area, before moving on to Gatineau.

The second tornado touched down in Arlington Woods at almost the same time, the federal agency said.


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At one point more than 200,000 hydro customers were blacked out, but by Sunday morning, the Hydro Ottawa and Hydro Quebec websites reported the number had been reduced to fewer than 80,000 – 70,000 in the Ottawa area and 8,300 in the Outaouais region, which encompasses Gatineau.

Late Sunday night, Hydro Ottawa managed to restore power to the Barrhaven, Lincoln Heights, Westboro and Hintonburg areas.

Despite this, many municipal services, workplaces and schools are not operating as normal on Monday.

The government of Canada on Sunday night asked federal employees in the National Capital Region to stay home and work from home – if possible – on Monday to “minimize commuting as well as demand on the electrical grid.”


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In addition, the Ottawa Catholic School Board and the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board announced citywide closures for Monday, citing power outages and extensive damage across the city.

The city of Ottawa has also posted changes to city services for the week of Sept. 24. Many services – including some library branches, child care centres, recreation facilities, the Ottawa Public Health dental clinic and the elections office – are closed on Monday.

Below is an excerpt from the city’s statement, available online here.

Client services

  • Ben Franklin Place at 101 Centrepointe Dr. and Mary Pitt Centre at 100 Constellation Dr. will be closed on Monday. All other client service centres are open.
  • Any matters scheduled for Monday, Sept. 24 at the Provincial Offences Court at Constellation Drive will be rescheduled
  • The City’s 311 contact centre will be open for urgent matters requiring the city’s immediate attention. Call 311 or 613-580-2400 to speak to a customer service representative. For persons with a hearing-related disability, call TTY: 613-580-2401.

Green bin, recycling and garbage collection

  • Garbage collection continues this week as scheduled. If your green bin is full, you can place your organics in cardboard boxes or leaf and yard waste bags.
  • If you have damaged appliances, furniture and electronics, do not dispose of them. Do not touch or move hazardous waste, such as propane tanks, paint, gas and oil. Please contact your insurance company for direction.
  • There are no exceptions for construction and demolition waste or tree branches, which must be appropriately packaged. Twigs, tree branches and brush must not exceed 10 centimetres in diameter or 1.2 metres in length and must be appropriately packaged.

Transit services

  • All OC Transpo services are operating, with residual effects from the storm. Buses may be delayed where traffic signals are not operating and may be detoured where streets are not open.
  • All OC Transpo Customer Service Centres are operating on normal schedules, except Lincoln Fields
  • Power is unavailable at several Transitway stations. As a result, emergency telephones may not be working. OC Transpo special constables are patrolling those stations more frequently. For safety concerns anywhere on the transit system, call the special constables at 613-741-2478.
  • All Shoppers routes (301-305) will operate normally. There will be enhanced service on Shoppers route 303 from Dunrobin and Carp to Stittsville, Kanata Centrum, Bayshore and Carlingwood. Route 303 will operate every day this week from Monday to Friday to provide enhanced service to this affected community.
  • Follow @oc_transpo on Twitter or check octranspo.com for general status updates. Route detours and individual trip cancellations will be announced when possible on @octranspolive on Twitter and by email to customers who have subscribed to alerts at octranspo.com.

Recreation and culture facilities

  • Visit ottawa.ca for a complete list of recreation and culture facilities that remain closed
  • The Minto Recreation Complex at 3500 Cambrian Rd. and the Nepean Sportsplex at 1701 Woodroffe Ave. are open with power. People can go there to charge devices or shower.

Ottawa Public Health

  • The Sexual Health Clinic will be open as usual. For satellite clinics, check OttawaPublicHealth.ca for hours and availability.
  • The SITE program office, supervised consumption services and the mobile van will be open as usual
  • The dental clinic on 1580 Merivale Rd. will be closed on Monday, Sept. 24. The clinic will contact patients who have scheduled appointments. Check OttawaPublicHealth.ca for hours and availability.
  • The Ottawa Public Health Information Centre (613-580-6744) will be open as usual
  • Parenting in Ottawa drop-ins are cancelled on Monday, Sept. 24. Call the Ottawa Public Information Centre (613-580-6744) if you need parenting support.
  • Immunization appointments at 100 Constellation Dr. are cancelled for Monday, Sept. 24. The clinic will contact patients who have scheduled appointments.

Employment and Social Services

  • The following three Employment and Social Service locations are fully operational at this time:
    • South, 2020 Walkley Rd.
    • Central, 370 Catherine St.
    • East, 2339 Ogilvie Rd.
  • If you are a recipient of Ontario Works and/or Child Care Subsidy, contact your caseworker
  • If you are looking to apply for or request a benefit, you can contact 311 and select option 4

Elections Office

  • The Elections Office at 1221 Cryville Rd. is closed on Monday, Sept. 24

Archives services

  • The City of Ottawa Archives are closed on Monday, Sept. 24

Municipal child care services

  • Huron, Foster Farm and Borden Farm Child Care Centres are without power and will be closed on Monday, Sept. 24

Library services

  • The following branches are closed Sept. 24:
    • Nepean Centrepointe
    • Carlingwood
    • Emerald Plaza
    • Richmond
    • Ruth E. Dickinson
    • Sunnyside
  • Up-to-date information is available on the Ottawa Public Library’s website

— With files from Eric Stober and the Canadian Press

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