Snapped hydro pole cuts power to 12,000 customers on Saturday afternoon

Snapped hydro pole near the Queensway.

Power’s out for about 12,000 customers in Stittsville, Munster, Richmond and Kanata on Saturday afternoon due to a broken hydro pole.  Hydro Ottawa crews are responding.  As of 3:15pm, the estimated restoration time was 7:00pm.

The power outage includes a number of stores and businesses in the area on a busy Saturday afternoon, including the Hazeldean Mall and Tanger Outlets.

It’s not clear what caused the hydro pole to break. From the photo it looks like the pole snapped in two. Sgt. Iain Pidcock of the Ottawa Police says the pole that broke is in a field, and not near vehicle traffic.

Hydro Ottawa outage map as of 4:00pm
Hydro Ottawa outage map as of 4:00pm

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3 thoughts on “Snapped hydro pole cuts power to 12,000 customers on Saturday afternoon”

  1. So, all those affected are behind a single electrical line? There wasn’t an alternative route to power us? Single point of failure is not a good design for such a large area of impact.

  2. Given the rates we pay, and the drastic increases… You would think that our services would be much better. Try living in Lanark, our power outages are increasing almost as much as their unrealistic rates! Getting ready to go off the grid.. It’s the only way.

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