Thousands getting ready for power outages

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UPDATE:

Hydro One has issued the following corrections to its outage schedule:

Pine Springs: a planned outage for Monday June 20 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. is now scheduled for Wednesday, June 22 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Carnarvon and area: Tuesday, June 21 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Kennisis Lake, Fort Irwin and Maple Lake: June 26, cancelled.

Thousands of County residents are preparing for Hydro One planned power outages between June 20 and 26.

A spokesperson for the utility said it is because they are investing in improving reliability for residents and businesses by completing upgrades to infrastructure and critical forestry maintenance.

In order for crews to safely complete the work, the spokesperson said three planned power outages are required.

“Our highly-skilled arborists will be completing forestry maintenance that requires specialized equipment to safely remove two large dead trees along Hwy. 35,” the spokesperson said.

Two power outages will take place on:

• Monday, June 20 from 8 a.m. to noon, affecting approximately 460 people in the Pine Springs area.

• Tuesday, June 21 from 8 a.m. to noon, affecting approximately 1,048 customers in the Carnarvon and surrounding areas.

Further, the spokesperson said, “our highly-skilled distribution line crews will be replacing three poles and installing a smart switch; a piece of equipment that can be remotely operated to reduce the number of customers affected by a power outage. As a result, a power outage will take place on:

• Sunday, June 26 from 8 a.m. to noon, affecting approximately 3,900 customers from Maple Lake to Fort Irwin and north to Kennisis Lake

The spokesperson said they understand how difficult it is to be without power and thank customers for their patience as crews complete the important work in the area.

Some tips to help you and your family during an outage:

• Make sure your appliances, such as the stove, are in the off position.

• Make sure your cellphone and extended battery packs are fully charged.

• Keep your refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. Use a cooler with ice for items you’ll need during the planned outage.

• If your water services will be affected, consider filling jugs of water to use for drinking and cooking.

• If you plan to use a generator, remember to use it in a dry area outdoors away from any open windows, doors and vents. Visit the Electrical Safety Authority at esasafe.com for more tips.

• If your water services will be affected and you have a bathtub, consider filling it with water before the planned outage begins. You can use the water and a bucket to fill your toilet tank to be able to flush.

Affected Hydro One customers have been notified via auto-dialer and can visit Hydro One’s outage map or call 1-888-664-9376 for more information. Right: Hydro One is planning power outages to cut trees and replace equipment.