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Monday, September 26, 2022
High winds keep NOTL Hydro crews busy

Niagara-on-the-Lake Hydro crews were kept busy Sunday as a major wind storm blew down trees and power lines and caused nearly 20 separate outages.

“Most were individual connections but we also had a switch and a transformer go down, so at the peak over 200 customers were out of power,” NOTL Hydro CEO Tim Curtis told The Lake Report.

“The switch and the transformer were corrected first so by 4 p.m. most of the customers were back on,” he said.

Crews were out until midnight restoring power to the remaining customers. Monday was a clean-up day as some repairs were temporary and some customers needed to call in an electrician for permanent repairs, Curtis said.

“In a wind-storm the problems are usually created by trees, either coming down, losing a limb or swaying enough to make contact” with power lines, he said.

The Niagara Parks Commission also reported numerous problems, including flooding along south portions of the Niagara Parkway.

Damage to the breakwall in Fort Erie resulted in some flooding and fallen trees along the Parkway caused temporary closures. Parts of the Niagara River Recreation Trail were also damaged and some light standards were displaced by the high winds.