AJAX, ON — May 26, 2022 – Elexicon Energy has made significant progress in its power restoration efforts with the bulk of the system now restored and customers who lost power during the storm now with power. Outages remain for approximate 2,000 in the communities of Ajax, Pickering, Whitby and Uxbridge.
These pockets represent the most difficult locations to restore because of challenges specific to those areas. In particular, Pickering Beach Road in Ajax has heavy tree and backyard damage that is hindering restoration efforts. Whitby Meadows is a new development that was heavily exposed to the storm, destroying newly installed infrastructure. North Pickering also experienced severe damage to poles with over 35 poles requiring full replacement and, in Uxbridge, where the F2 tornado hit, an entire substation was destroyed.
“As a result of these specific challenges and the logistical issues in replacing the equipment that was damaged, we cannot provide a firm time for power restoration. However, our crews are making incredible progress,” said Elexicon Energy, President and CEO, Indrani J. Butany-DeSouza. “They have been working around the clock since Saturday and continue to bring affected areas back online safely and expeditiously.”
Despite this, Elexicon Energy is hopeful to have the majority of all remaining customers restored by tomorrow. That being said, small pockets and individual customers with special circumstances may require more time.
The magnitude of the damage caused by Saturday’s storm is the worst that the Durham Region has experienced to its electrical infrastructure, including the 2013 ice storm.
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