Tens of thousands remain without power in the Ottawa region after a destructive storm

Tens of thousands of people in the Ottawa region continue to be without power as crews work to repair outages caused by severe storms that hit Saturday afternoon.

The worst affected areas in the region are Huntsville, Merivale, Navan and Stittsville.

Two emergency response centers in the city will open on Sunday.

The Carleton Heights Community Center on Apeldoorn Rd. and the CARDELREC (Goulbourn) Recreation Complex in Stittsville were expected to open at 10 a.m.

The CARDELREC location did not open on time due to problems with a power generator. People who come to use the location are being directed to a nearby pool.

“We suspect there will be more open throughout the day. We ask people to visit Ottawa.ca for information or the City of Ottawa Twitter user to provide as much information as possible,” said Ottawa Mayor, Jim Watson.

Carleton Heights has phone chargers available, and CARDELREC will offer power stations as well as showers and snack machines.

More than 350,000 customers in the region were initially without power on Saturday, and it is expected to be days before power is fully restored.

“The challenge…is that we get our power from HydroOne, and if it doesn’t get through the system due to downed lines, obviously it’s going to impact our customers, so we’re trying to get as many of our customers back.” . possible,” Watson said.

As of Sunday morning, Hydro Ottawa reported that more than 176,500 customers were still without power.

“People are frustrated, they want to get their power back yesterday, but Hydro tells us it’s going to take two or three days to get everyone back online,” the mayor said.

A motorist remains in his vehicle as he waits for crews to make sure they can get out safely, after power lines and utility poles fell on his car during a major storm, on Merivale Road in Ottawa on Saturday . (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press)

Emergency and repair crews worked through the night and into Sunday to try to restore power.

“The situation is complex, with extensive damage to our infrastructure across the city, both transmission and distribution systems, and we are unable to provide estimated restoration times at this time,” Hydro Ottawa said in a statement.

“Crews worked through the night and will continue to do so for the next several days. At this time, we believe this will be a multi-day restoration effort. Power will initially be restored for large-scale outages, followed by smaller ones, maintaining the safety as the number one priority.

On Saturday, more than 100,000 Hydro-Qu├ębec customers were in the dark in the Outaouais, as were more than 152,000 Hydro One customers in eastern Ontario.

In Ottawa, winds reached a maximum of 120 km/hour during the storm, according to Environment Canada.

More details on deaths, injuries

In Ottawa, one person has died in the west end of the city, Ottawa police said at a news conference Saturday night. Details were withheld until the family was notified, they said.

On Sunday morning, police reported on social media that the 59-year-old man died after a tree fell on him at the Canadian Golf and Country Club near Stittsville. Another person, in the same course, was seriously injured.

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