It’s now been six days since the big ice storm turned off the lights, heat and, in some cases water, to hundreds of thousands of customers in Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada.
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne (right) sits with Anthony Haines, CEO of Toronto Hydro (centre) and Carmine Marcello, CEO of Hydro One, as they offer updates on the restoration of power following the recent ice storm at Queens Park, Toronto on Thursday. — Photo by The Canadian Press
And frustration is clearly growing among the tens of thousands still without power.
At the height of the storm more than 400,000 customers lost their electricity — three quarters of them in southern Ontario.
According to the power company websites, as of this seven o’clock Eastern Time this morning about 41,000 customers in Ontario — 33,000 of them in Toronto — along with 4,700 in Quebec, and just over 16,000 in New Brunswick were still out in the cold.
Toronto Hydro CEO Anthony Haines says his crews are now into the “hand to hand” combat part of the job where they’re down to reconnecting individual homes.
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said yesterday that she was aware of the growing anger among those who’ve been shivering in the dark for nearly a week. And Toronto Mayor Rob Ford said his “heart bleeds” for those people.
But all three officials insisted everything possible is being done to restore the power, and there’s little more they can do other than beg people’s continued patience and understanding.