Hydro Ottawa’s president says “with luck” power will be restored in the Merivale Road area on Thursday, extending power to an additional 15,000 to 20,000 customers who are still in the dark after Saturday’s storm. recovered.
And Bryce Conrad says the goal remains to have “most” of power restored to homes and businesses in the city by the end of Friday.
Ninety-six hours after a devastating storm hit Ottawa with winds of up to 190 km/h, about 55,000 homes and businesses are without power. Electricity has been restored for more than 125,000 customers across the city.
Conrad told Newstalk 580 CFRA’s “Ottawa Now with Kristy Cameron” crews are working 16-hour shifts to restore power, focusing now on the hard-hit areas of Merivale Road, Woodroffe Avenue and Greenbank Road.
“(Tuesday), today and tomorrow are big construction days,” Conrad said of the focus on repairing crashed hydropiles. “All the damage done to Merivale, Woodroffe, Greenbank, so we all have crews hanging those.”
Dozens of hydroelectric power stations litter Merivale, Woodroffe and Greenbank after the storm, leaving several neighborhoods without power.
Conrad says Hydro Ottawa has “pretty good control” of damage along Merivale Road, and that restoring power along those lines “will move the needle in terms of outage rates.”
“We’re there, we’re getting that work done — we’ll be there all day and all night and hopefully, with a little luck, we can bolster that line,” Conrad said.
“If we pick up those lines and those poles, it’s expected that it’s probably another 15-20,000 customers that will likely come back on the grid. Again, there could be some damage to individual homes along the way.”
The city of Ottawa says about 75 intersections are still without power and will be “addressed” when power is restored. More than 120 intersections damaged by the storm have been restored, according to the city.
Conrad says hydroplows are still finding more damage in the city as they work to restore electricity.
Hydro crews from Toronto arrived in Ottawa on Wednesday and London and Cornwall will send crews on Thursday to assist with restoration efforts. An additional 250 hydro workers work with Hydro Ottawa crews in the field.
Hydro Ottawa is calling the Pineglen neighborhood “ground zero” for the storm, and crews are working to restore power to that area.
Conrad says he’s keeping the team on a commitment to restore electricity to the “large proportion” of customers over the next two days, but the rain in the forecast could delay repair work.
“Most of the system will be ready by Friday – I pray the rain stops and I pray we have a few more good days of weather,” Conrad said.
“When the rain comes, there are limits to the work they can do. Obviously they can’t do live line work, so that will hinder the restoration somewhat,” he added. “The good news is that there is a lot of constriction work, and a lot of trees can be removed. They will work to the safe limits of the operation.”
Conrad says there will be a “significant number of homes” that will require additional work to restore power, and Hydro Ottawa’s crews are on standby to help.
“It’s basically houses where we’ve repaired the system and if there’s damage to the meter, damage to the mast, damage to the secondary lines coming into their home — those are all things that happen after a normal storm event,” Conrad said. CTV news Ted Raymond from Ottawa. “Given the violence of this particular storm, I would expect that number to be frankly in the thousands.”
Hydro One reported Wednesday afternoon that more than 24,200 customers in eastern Ontario still had no power, up from 49,000 Tuesday afternoon. The mayor of Carleton Place said most of the city had power on Wednesday afternoon.
Hydro Quebec said it still had 14,400 customers to connect in the Outaouais region, up from 21,000 on Tuesday.