Ice storm leaves thousands without power


By Barb McKay


Freezing rain last Thursday led to broken tree limbs and downed hydro lines and left thousands of people in southwestern Ontario, including Kincardine, without power.


As of press time on Monday, there were still a number of regions where power had still not been restored and falling ice over Easter weekend resulted in additional outages. Alliston and Orangeville were effected the most with upwards of 8,000 customers without power.


According to Hydro One’s outage map, a handful of customers in Kincardine were still without hydro. Crews were on scene in Mildmay and Chesley Monday working to restore power to customers there.


There were reports of downed hydro wires on Queen Street in Ripley on Thursday morning as freezing rain continued to fall, but hydro crews arrived on scene quickly to repair the lines.


Hydro was out across Kincardine from approximately 7:30 a.m. Thursday morning until roughly 12:30 p.m., impacting homes and businesses south of Highways 9 and 21. School buses were cancelled through Bruce and Grey counties, but picked up students in Kincardine and Port Elgin, despite the fact that most schools were without power. Kincardine Township Tiverton Public School (KTTPS) did have hydro Thursday and around noon, students from Elgin Market Public School and Huron Heights Public School were bused there for the remainder of the school day.