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Freezing rain causes a rash of power outages in Hamilton

Freezing rain in Hamilton caused a number of power outages in the city on Sunday, Dec. 1. 2019.
Freezing rain in Hamilton caused a number of power outages in the city on Sunday, Dec. 1. 2019. Lisa Polewski/900CHML

Crews with Alectra Utilities are making repairs to a rash of weather-related power outages Sunday in Hamilton.

Residents woke up to ice covered roads, sidewalks, trees and hydro lines Sunday morning as a Colorado Low swept across southern Ontario.

As of 6:30 p.m. Sunday, crews have been called to a handful of outages.

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There is a widespread power outage in Flamborough with nearly 5,800 customers impacted from Concession 6 East to Mountainbrow Road and from Highway 6 to Kerns Road.

It is expected to be restored by 9 p.m. Sunday.

East Mountain residents are also affected with more than 600 without hydro in the area of Queensdale Avenue East to Ninth Avenue and from East 38th Street to Upper Ottawa Street.

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More than 2,500 Alectra Utilities customers on the Central Hamilton Mountain were without power for several hours, from Mohawk Road to Rymal Road and from Garth Street to Upper James Street, but service has since been restored.

Close to 1,300 homes and businesses in Dundas were also in the dark in an area that stretches from Harvest Road to Cootes Drive and Sydenham Road to York Road.

Hydro crews have since restored power to that area as well.

2019-20 winter forecast for Canada
2019-20 winter forecast for Canada

The power is also out in Stoney Creek for about 800 customers in the Arvin Avenue to Lake Ontario and Grays Road to Dewitt Road area.

According to the Alectra Utilities website, the estimated time of restoration is 9 p.m. Sunday.

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In St. Catharines, more than 2,200 Alectra customers are expected to remain without hydro until 11:30 p.m. Sunday due to the weather.