Ice storm downs power lines

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A number of area residents were looking at a dark and chilly night Friday as hydro crews scrambled to repair damage caused by the day's ice storm.

Freezing rain had left about 670 homes without power by Friday afternoon.

“Generally, the issues are trees on power lines, power lines that have come down or broken poles,” said Hydro One spokeswoman Marylena Stea.

Customers affected were in Leeds and the Thousand Islands Township and Charleston Lake, she added.

The number continued escalating until, by late afternoon, Hydro One spokeswoman Nancy Shaddick said about 1,000 area residents were without power.

The utility hoped to have people restored by early evening, but it was unlikely everyone would be back on, she added.

“We do anticipate customers will be without power into tomorrow as well,” she said.

Freezing rain had left about 150,000 customers without electricity across Ontario, said Shaddick.

Staff at the local fire dispatch centre in Brockville said there were about 20 calls related to power lines between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Meanwhile, Ontario Provincial Police officers closed off the Thousand Islands Parkway near Gananoque after reports of a downed power line posing a hazard.

Const. Sandra Barr said officers closed the parkway at 10:40 a.m. between Jackstraw Lane and County Road 2 after a caller reported a power line down close to a guardrail, said Barr.

In Grenville County, OPP reported seven minor vehicle collisions between 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., none of which caused injuries.

In Brockville, city police Acting Sergeant Mark Heffernan said there were a few lines down and two minor collisions, neither of which caused injuries.



































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