Parts of former Huron, Kincardine townships in the dark this weekend and next


By Kristen Shane


Homes and businesses in parts of the Municipality of Kincardine and Huron-Kinloss Township are set to go dark this Saturday and Sunday mornings and during the same times next weekend because Hydro One is slated to upgrade its electrical lines in the area.


The outages are set to last Oct. 17 and 18, and 24 and 25, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., according to a Hydro One news release.


They will affect parts of the former Huron and Ashfield townships and the lower part of the former Kincardine township. The town of Kincardine will keep power. Hydro One will pull the plug on 5,000 customers the first weekend and 4,000 the second, all of whom the company says it will notify before the outages.


New electrical poles and piles of gravel could be seen lining Highway 21 near the road to Ripley last weekend, waiting to be installed. (Kristen Shane photo)


Hydro One staff are set to come from as far as Owen Sound to help install more than 50 poles and move 50 others along Highway 21. The electricity provider is also replacing 11 kilometres of old conductor wire with stronger wire that can carry heavier electrical loads and better withstand the blowing snow along the highway, which is one of the province’s most closed roads in the winter.


Hydro One says it hopes the upgrades will mean fewer unplanned outages.


It says it will cost upwards of $1 million.