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South London neighbourhood dealing with traffic delays, power outages

Downed hydro pole at Wellington St. and Frank Pl. in London. Sawyer Bogdan / 980 CFPL

A power outage south of downtown London is keeping homeowners in the dark as drivers deal with heavy slowdowns on their Thursday morning commute.

London Hydro says the power went out for 61 customers in the Wellington Road and Weston Street area around 7:45 a.m. Thursday.

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Wellington Road was completely closed in the area for several hours. As of Thursday afternoon, the section of road was still down to one lane in each direction as local police and firefighters attend a nearby collision involving a snow plow and a hydro pole.

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Police are asking people to avoid the area due to downed hydro wires. Wellington is down to one lane in both directions from McClary Avenue to Bond Street.

London Transit Commission said the closure also impacted some of their routes, resulting in temporary detours.

The closure has led to a significant build up of morning traffic in both the north and southbound lanes.

London Hydro estimates power will be restored by 4 p.m. Thursday.

— with files from Global News Radio 980 CFPL’s Jacquelyn LeBel.

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