UPDATED OCT. 21 4:30 P.M.
Lakeland Power is reporting around 150 people are still without power in Bracebridge.
“Crews continue to work on power restoration, utilizing third-party contractors to expedite the process in a safe controlled manor,” Lakeland Power said in a tweet. “We appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience.”
The latest from the Town of Bracebridge is that the clean-up of the fallen trees and other debris will continue into next week. “Residents are advised to use caution around trees that have hanging limbs and broken branches,” town officials say.
They ask anyone that sees downed or “dangerous” trees or branches on roadways, sidewalks, parks or trails to call 705-645-5264 ext. 3650 between 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM, Monday to Friday, or call 705-645-5264 if this is an after-hours emergency.
“As the forecast changes, residents are reminded to monitor their property as the snow melts,” the town officials continue. “Remove any leaves or debris from drains and roadways to allow water to flow and drain freely.”
“We appreciate everyone’s patience as crews have been working through this heavy, wet snow today,” Hydro One’s Tiziana Baccega-Rosa said Thursday. “They have restored 12,000 customers since this morning, and that number will continue to grow as we continue to work through the evening hours.”
Baccega-Rosa told the MyMuskokaNow.com newsroom Thursday that the two main power lines servicing Bracebridge were damaged and repaired several times, and are now back up.
With many residents on electrical heating, Baccega-Rosa recommends keeping doors and windows tightly closed, and seeking shelter with a neighbour or at a community centre if temperatures are too low in your home.
She adds to stay at least 10 metres away from any downed power lines, even if they do not appear to be live.