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115,000 without power in Toronto as temperature dips

Posted by Derek Flack / December 24, 2013

Toronto ice storm power outOver a hundred thousand homes in Toronto are still without power as temperatures have plummeted, leading the City to issue an extreme cold weather alert. With winds in excess of 30 km/h in the forecast, Hydro officials worry that more trees and power lines could come down as they slowly get a handle on the situation. "We'll see new damage," Toronto Hydro CEO Anthony Haines told the Toronto Star. "We're getting new outage calls. Many of your were out with us yesterday and saw trees raining from the sky. It's a dangerous circumstance."

Transit in the city is mostly back to normal, though service on the Sheppard Subway Line is currently suspended. The TTC hopes to have it back up and running by this afternoon. There are also a variety of roads that remain closed in Scarborough, including sections of Old Kingston Road and Military Trail.

It is a certainty that thousands of homes will remain without power through Christmas day, and perhaps quite a bit longer. Although crews work to address issues with some 40 odd feeder lines, Mayor Ford noted at a press conference this morning that there are many "one-off" outages, such that when power returns to certain sections of the grid, there will still be homes left in the cold and dark.

For the City of Toronto's full update from this morning, check here.

Photo by 899lo in the blogTO Flickr pool.



rek / December 24, 2013 at 11:16 am
100,000+ taxpayers still in the freezing dark three days later, on Christmas, but Ford won't man up and call it an emergency because he won't be the one in charge.
Alex replying to a comment from rek / December 24, 2013 at 11:22 am
That's exactly it! He is incredibly selfish and useless.
could be worse. / December 24, 2013 at 11:25 am
115K aint so bad in the grand scheme of things.

Buck up Toronto!
Alexander replying to a comment from rek / December 24, 2013 at 11:31 am
I know right! Because there are totally thousands of Hydro workers around the country just champing at the bit to, what, exactly? Be ordered to fly to Toronto to fix power lines on Christmas day? Fly back from wherever they are on vacation?

You honestly think Toronto Hydro hasn't mobilized everyone they can? That calling in the army (or whatever) is going to get this fixed any sooner? There are only X number of trained Hydro people in the area and they are all working. Nobody is flying in from Vancouver on Christmas Eve to come fix Toronto power lines!
RickD / December 24, 2013 at 11:36 am
Remember that is 115,000 houses that have more than one person inside. So the number of actual people without power is a lot higher! About half of my friends and family are still with out power all over the city!
michelle / December 24, 2013 at 11:38 am
Ya, you're right. Buck up, all of you freeloading senior citizens trapped in the dark on high apartment floors with no working elevators. How dare you complain? Please.
4D Nation 4ever / December 24, 2013 at 11:39 am
Zubair / December 24, 2013 at 11:39 am
Ford's powers on many issues have been revoked. Do not blame him.
is what it is / December 24, 2013 at 11:46 am
These things happen.
No way to prevent.
Do what you can and move on.

Onwards and upwards!
michelle / December 24, 2013 at 11:51 am
It is....I'm assuming that you haven't been affected by the storm? In the last three days we have been stranded at home, surviving on mars bars, taking turns monitoring our aquarium so our fish don't die. I understand trying to maintain a positive attitude, but if you are not one of the affected dwellers, your argument is null.
thats a stretch replying to a comment from michelle / December 24, 2013 at 11:58 am
Or one copes. This was unavoidable.
They are doing what they can. Andy anyone who says otherwise, has icicles on their brain and not thinking straight.

No i haven't been affected in the least. I actually feel as though i have too much power.

But people need to be realists about this. Be all over and done with in another day or so and life will go on.
Sam / December 24, 2013 at 12:16 pm
Buck up Toronto! Its Mother Nature NOT Rob Ford, if you've kept up with the news there is lots being done, additional power workers brought in from other regions, etc.

What are you expecting Rob Ford to do?
Sigh replying to a comment from Alexander / December 24, 2013 at 12:25 pm
You are dumb.
Alana / December 24, 2013 at 12:46 pm
God, Blass you, Mayor Ford, for....well, you know what for,...eating out!
Moneesha replying to a comment from Sigh / December 24, 2013 at 12:47 pm
He is right actually. YOU are dumb. Or more accurately an incompetent moron.
gucco the clown / December 24, 2013 at 12:49 pm
Sam...I like Mayors without criminal behaviour...who also PERSONALLY shovel my driveway. Yo,, Rob! Git yer fat ass over here, cousin!
Me replying to a comment from Sam / December 24, 2013 at 12:54 pm
BlogTO represents the Left. They are used to being coddled and entitled by Big Brother. They've never had to actually cope with the real world or life by themselves and are frightened. They whine that is a little cold instead of being grateful it's not colder than it is. Reality is we are very fortunate and are even more fortunate this happened during a fairly mild period of weather. Some of us see that but then some of us have lived in the real world and had to endure far worse and coping with winter conditions is hardly rocket science nor complicated. What this situation really shows is how we have been made more and more incapable of basic survival and are reliant on Hydro etc because of years of being trained to be sheep and unprepared. There's more a reflection on how badly basic common sense has been dumbed down in our society and people have lost all ability to cope with the smallest emergency situation. Yes, times like this can be difficult. So, DEAL with it! Whining about it or blaming Rob Ford isn't dealing with it.
Ian replying to a comment from Me / December 24, 2013 at 01:15 pm
What services are available for young, financially-restricted, elderly, or other vulnerable populations of Toronto still cold in the dark?
Poopdawg replying to a comment from Me / December 24, 2013 at 01:45 pm
Give it a rest already, you blow hard.
Me II / December 24, 2013 at 01:54 pm
Me=Tea Party
jen replying to a comment from Me / December 24, 2013 at 01:55 pm
You're one of those guys that puffs himself up and says "when I was your age, I had to walk 10 miles in a snowstorm to get to school", or something other blather along the same lines. Once again, I simply must say, if you hate the left so much, and you know BlogTO leans left, WHY DO YOU READ IT AND COMMENT ON THE STORIES???? Honest to pete, get a life and go read the Sun or something.
John II / December 24, 2013 at 01:55 pm
John=Tea Party II
Me replying to a comment from Poopdawg / December 24, 2013 at 02:02 pm
Or what?
steve replying to a comment from Me / December 24, 2013 at 02:24 pm
Dim witted and selfish is my take on you.
Me replying to a comment from steve / December 24, 2013 at 02:42 pm
Stupid and frightened is my take on you.
Poopdawg replying to a comment from Me / December 24, 2013 at 03:01 pm
Or Baby Jesus will be very disappointed in you.
Really replying to a comment from rek / December 24, 2013 at 03:44 pm
Very intelligent comment. Do you think that this power issue can be ratified any sooner? I guarantee every hydro employee that can do something is out there doing it.
Being a taxpayer does not have anything to do with it. And unless you have some sort of skill working in
the power sector, you aren't touching wires regardless. Why would we call this an emergency? There are millions in the GTA with power. Neighbors and Family, that's what they are there for. Maybe more Hydro employees and trucks could resolve the issue faster, but that would just cost every one more in the long run.
Baby Jesus replying to a comment from Poopdawg / December 24, 2013 at 03:49 pm
I also kicked his ass.
Me II / December 24, 2013 at 05:26 pm
Me + JOHN = Republican Wingnuts. Why not move to Alabama? Or, are you there already?
james / December 24, 2013 at 07:35 pm
Perhaps we should be focusing on who is in charge. in my opinion it's the CEOs and higher management. Perhaps we should take a second look at their salaries and bonuses.

They should be paid for what they are really worth. I doubt that their jobs will be shipped to China or some other up and coming oppressive regime.

As John Lenon worte "Imagine"

Just my 2 dinars worth.
rob Fjord / December 26, 2013 at 08:37 am
Who cares? I'm rich, you're not, you're worthless, I'm a God! I'm very, very, very, super, super, smart!
Naomi / December 26, 2013 at 09:20 am
I have finally fled to be with relatives - even though their house is so crowded the general atmosphere is Overlook Hotel - but at least I'm not dead.

It is my great fear that this being day 5 of no heat, there may be many dead in their homes from the cold or the co2 poisoning, and this being the holidays, they won't be noted to be missing until work starts again! For retired seniors more isolated from the world, their bodies might not be discovered for even longer still.

I attribute deaths and suffering from the long delay of repairs to Ford's refusal to call a state of emergency. Mel Lastman would have. The army has more gas generators to go around, the army can help cut away trees so the hydro crew could work faster. The army has their own electricians! The army could also have gone door to door to check for people with zero means to get to a motel or a warming centre - many seniors are trapped because they don't live near a bus route and can no longer drive!
rob Fjord / December 26, 2013 at 01:32 pm
Not an emergency until it affects labels
rob Fjord / December 26, 2013 at 11:16 pm
I like crack! I like food! I like Alana! I like vodka! I like fried chicken! Feed me!
Simon Tarses replying to a comment from Me / December 27, 2013 at 12:05 am
Full of shit and ready to suffer pins being stuck into you is mine. 'Pride goes before a fall' and all that.
MorningBrew / December 27, 2013 at 11:55 am
So is the blogto MORNING BREW no more? or is it just gone for the holidays? Or is it just gone because there's no Ford scandal news?

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