le Samedi 28 janvier 2023
le Mercredi 25 mai 2022 19:56 Tribune-Express (Hawkesbury)

Major power outages after severe storms in Eastern Ontario

  Photo Gregg Chamberlain
Photo Gregg Chamberlain
Major power outages plague the entire Prescott-Russell region following the severe thunderstorms that hit Ontario over the weekend.

Les lignes électriques abattues et la circulation sur une seule voie dans certains secteurs à cause des arbres tombés font partie des dégâts causés dans Prescott-Russell et dans le reste de l’Est de l’Ontario par la tempête de la fin de semaine.

Photo Gregg Chamberlain

In Hawkesbury, the entire town was without power Saturday night. Street lights were out, stores and restaurants were closed. Trees were uprooted and their branches stretched across the roads. The roofs of several homes were damaged. 

Volunteer firefighters were present at the L’Orignal fire station to assist residents. A notice went out from Alfred-Plantagenet Township that any residents of the municipality in need could obtain clean drinking water at the Wendover water treatment plant, at the Lefaivre water treatment or at the Plantagenet fire station. Hawkesbury has not communicated any such plans to help its residents. 

 The situation is similar throughout the region. In Eastern Ontario, nearly 80,000 buildings were without power over the May long weekend. At press time the latest report from Hydro One was that these outages would be resolved by Tuesday afternoon, May 24. The company says it has mobilized all its resources to restore power as quickly as possible. 



Neighbours helped neighbours in rural areas of Prescott-Russell to open up driveways blocked by fallen trees and other damage that resulted from the May long weekend storm.

Gregg Chamberlain