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.