Sunday, April 09, 2006

Lights Go Out For Thousands This Morning

A blasting company accidentally damaged Hydro One lines this morning, leaving 65,000 homes without power for two hours.

The Hydro One circuit carrying 150,000 volts to Ottawa Hydro lines was interrupted at 8:30 a.m. when an airborne blasting mat from a nearby construction site landed on one of the wires.

Power was out from Maitland to Kanata, in Manotick, Nepean, the Limebank area, rural Winchester and Arnprior.

Hydro One eventually fixed the damaged section of line, restoring power at 10:30 a.m. Another Hydro One circuit on Merivale Rd., which could have re-routed the load to avoid the outage, was offline due to routine maintenance, said Hydro One officials, adding it’s too early to know whether they will sue the blasting company for damages.


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