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Hydro One planning large outages on Sunday for upgrade work

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MUSKOKA, ON- The power will be out on Sunday across large parts of our region.

According to Hydro One, a planned outage is being put in place across Muskoka in order for upgrades to be done to the local power grid. The upgrades are part of recently-announced new investments in more technologies and maintenance in the region, to improve reliability.

The following areas will be affected at the following times.

  • Outage 1 on October 27, 2019 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. will impact approximately 2,000 residential customers and 2,400 seasonal customers in the townships of Franklin, Brunel, Lake of Bays, Mcclintock, Finlayson, Chaffey, Ridout, Peck, Chapman, and Hunter.
  • Outage 2 on October 27, 2019 from 7 a.m. to noon will impact approximately 3,923 residential customers and 4,670 seasonal customers in the townships of Monck, Humphrey, Medora, Cardwell, Watt, Muskoka, Stephenson, Seguin, Mckellar, Monteith, Croft, Armour, Strong, Ryerson, Chapman, Joly, Magnetawan, Laurier. During this outage, parts of Lakeland Power Distribution’s service territory will also be impacted in Burk’s Falls and Sundridge,

Six smart switches are being installed, which Hydro One says will limit the amount of customers hit by outages and improve restoration times.

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“We know that any outage causes a disruption for our customers, particularly outages of this length, which is why all available crews will be working to bundle all required work in the region and replace aging equipment,” read the notice from the power authority.

“Approximately 80 highly-skilled power line workers will replace poles, transformers and install smart-switches which can be controlled by Hydro One’s Ontario Grid Control Centre. Due to the wide span of work totaling 80 kilometers, crews will use special off-road equipment and a helicopter to conduct the upgrades as quickly as possible.”

Hydro One said they appreciated everyone’s patience during the work.

Hydro One customers requiring additional information can call 1-888-664-9376.

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