Toronto Hydro CEO Anthony Haines called the storm "catastrophic" early Sunday. On Monday morning, Haines continued to stress the severity of the situation.
"We are very much in the midst of the longer term planning," he said in an early morning interview with CP24, explaining that branches and trees continue to fall around the city, taking power lines with them. "Outages continue to happen. Things we fixed are becoming unfixed."
In Mississauga, roughly 750 customers remained without power overnight, down from 20,000 at the height of the storm, according to the Enersource Twitter feed.
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"We are going in the right direction," the company's tweet said.
A number of school boards throughout the GTA said child care services that normally run out of school facilities would not be running Monday.
City not declaring an emergency yet
York University also announced Sunday night that it is suspending its operations until Jan. 2 because of the ongoing weather situation. The university said exams scheduled for Dec. 23 would be rescheduled on Jan. 11.
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401 corridor from Etobicoke to Scarborough, Toronto Hydro said Sunday night.
"We are not in a state of emergency. I'm not going to panic people for no reason," he said early Monday morning during an interview with CP24 Breakfast. "We're getting things done."
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Ford said he spoke to Haines personally and was told there was "no need" to declare an emergency. However, he said if Haines wanted him to make the Nike Air Max Command Blue And White
Haines was asked about the issue at the news conference and he said he couldn't comment on the city's decision. However, he explained Toronto Hydro is already operating at an emergency level. He said a declaration by the city would not affect Toronto Hydro's response.
Toronto's Emergency Medical Services Chief Paul Raftis also said that paramedic response would not change if the city decided to make the declaration. He said EMS is already an emergency service and operates as such at all times. CP24 will have LIVE coverage of both press conferences.
Clean up crews are working around the clock to restore power to hundreds of thousands of customers across the Greater Toronto Area who have been told it could be Christmas before they get electricity at home.
Haines said Toronto Hydro crews worked in "awful" conditions overnight.
"I'm very concerned about trees falling on our workers," he said.
North of the city, as of noon., about 20,600 customers are still impacted by the storm in Vaughan, Richmond Hill, Thornhill, Markham, Aurora and other parts of York Region according to PowerStream. Veridian said the outages are concentrated in heavily treed areas such as Pickering, Ajax, Bowmanville, Newcastle and Port Hope.
While city officials say the situation is bad, they held off declaring a state of emergency Sunday. On Monday, Mayor Rob Ford repeated his assertion that the conditions do not warrant him to make the call.
Reports of any downed wires can be made at 416 542 8000. Emergency officials are warning people not to remove anything themselves because of the potential risk.
Crews work fervently to restore power in GTA
Many residential streets throughout the Greater Toronto Area remained littered with downed trees, icy wires, and branches that snapped under the weight of 20 to 30 millimetres of freezing rain that fell during the ice storm.
"It has to be severe, where residents can't even leave their home, for us to declare a state of emergency," Ford said to reporters at a Monday morning news conference.
Haines warned people the power might not be back in time for Christmas.
"Christmas is a very aggressive schedule," he said. "People should prepare for the worst."
Hydro One, which covers a swath of Southern Ontario, said approximately 110,000 customers remained without power Sunday night, with some areas not expected to see restoration until as late as Tuesday evening. The worst hit areas are Dundas, Guelph and Bolton.
where there is no power to North York Centre and Yorkdale stations.
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