/Power outage planned for Sunday, Sept. 27
Hydro One says about 6,000 of its customers will be affected by a planned power outage on Sunday, Sept. 27 in Minden and the surrounding area. /Image provided by Hydro One

Power outage planned for Sunday, Sept. 27

About 6,000 Hydro One customers are expected to be without power on Sunday, Sept. 27 as upgrades and maintenance are done in the Minden Hills area.

Between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m., residents in Galway, Minden, Somerville, Minden Hills, Snowdon, Glamorgan and Cavendish may lose power as Hydro One replaces three smart switches, which help to reduce frequency and duration of outages, and 43 poles that have reached their life expectancy. The poles are to be replaced with woodpecker-resistant wood/composite poles.  

“We know this is a challenging time to be without power and we would like to thank our customers for their patience during this time,” a statement from Hydro One reads.
They ask that customers observe physical distancing measures with crews to ensure safety of everyone.
Those affected will be notified by auto-dialer, but those seeking more information can also call 1-888-664-9376 or refer to the outage map at stormcentre.hydroone.com.

Hydro One provides the following tips for outages:
 Make sure your appliances are in the off position, such as the stove.
Make sure your devices, such as a smartphone, and extended battery packs are fully charged.  
Keep your refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. Use a cooler with ice for items you’ll need during the planned outage.
Consider filling jugs of water to use for drinking and cooking if you have a generator.

If you plan to use a generator, remember to use it in a dry area outdoors away from any open windows, doors and vents. Visit the Electrical Safety Authority at esasafe.com for more tips.
If you have a bathtub, consider filling it with water before the planned outage begins. You can use the water and a bucket to fill your toilet tank to be able to flush.