Hydro One is planning to shut down power in the Minden area for approximately three hours May 16 to complete maintenance and upgrades.

The company announced May 12 it is upgrading its Minden transmission site. The outage is scheduled for 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and will also affect Kinmount, Furnance Falls, Howland, Gelert, Dutch Line, Irondale Lutterworth, Ingoldsby, Union Creek, Moore Falls, Miners Bay, Deep Bay, Fortescue and Maxwells.

“We understand this is a challenging time to be without power and would like to thank our customers for their patience during this time,” Hydro One said in a press release. “Additional crews and equipment are being brought in to complete as much local area work as possible during this outage.

A map of the area impacted by a planned power outage May 16 between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. Photo submitted.

The upgrades stem from a 2018 fire which damaged a transformer at the transmission station. Hydro One has since expanded the station and put in a new transformer. Crews will be preparing the foundations for a second new transformer and make improvements to the local distribution system, Hydro One said.

For the outage, the company advised customers to turn appliances off, keep refrigerator doors closed as much as possible and consider filling water jugs ahead of time.

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