By Darren Lum
Much of Haliburton County will be going dark from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday Nov. 24 when Hydro One follows through with a scheduled planned outage for upgrade work to modernize the grid and to replace aging infrastructure.
Close to 100 Hydro One power line workers will be installing four smart switches and replacing 24 end-of-life wood poles throughout Haliburton County.
“Smart switches help to reduce the frequency and duration of power outages while limiting the amount of customers impacted” reads a press release from Hydro One. “Crews will also complete maintenance work at multiple distribution stations in the area.”
Just more than 11000 residential and seasonal customers will be affected in the geographic townships of Monmouth Glamorgan Dudley Dysart et al Snowdon Stanhope Minden Guilford Harburn and Havelock.
For residents unsure of the affected communities in the named regions Tory Hill and Wilberforce are located in Monmouth; Gooderham is located in Glamorgan; Dysart et al includes the Village of Haliburton; Gelert and Lochlin are located in Snowdon; West Guilford and Eagle Lake are located in Guilford; Fort Irwin is located in Harburn and Kennisis Lake is located in Havelock. For reference Dudley is located north of Monmouth between Dysart and Harcourt.
Carnarvon is not scheduled to be affected.
Hydro One also stated: “We know that any outage causes a disruption for our customers particularly outages of this length. Hydro One works to reduce the impact on customers by bundling required work so multiple outages are not required while using all available crews. We appreciate everyone’s patience as our crews work as safely and as quickly to complete this important work.”
Anyone who has not been contacted by Hydro One and is concerned about being without hydro or wants more information should call 1-888-664-9376.