Severe Thunderstorm Cause of Downtown Outage Thursday Evening

A severe thunderstorm that moved through Burlington late Thursday afternoon (July 26) caused a widespread outage in the downtown area, as far north as the QEW. The area in the vicinity of the Fairview/Brant GO Station was where the damage was sustained.

High winds and lightning strikes brought down trees and power lines, and caused extensive damage to power line equipment. Roads in the area were closed by emergency services as Burlington Hydro crews made repairs to power lines that had come down across a section of Plains Road at Queensway Drive.

Although power was restored to 2,052 customers by 7:30 pm, 10 customers remained without power until the early hours of July 27, including residents in the Paradign Condominium complex.

Extra crews were called in to help with the restoration work, but final repairs to the system took longer than expected due to the extensive nature of the damage. Burlington Hydro understands the frustration of the situation for those customers affected and wants to thank them for their patience as hydro crews worked as safely and as quickly as possible to bring power back on line.

Outage Timeline

4:57 pm                Power outage affects 2,062 customers in Burlington Downtown

7:26 pm                Power is restored to 2,052 customers, 10 customers in the vicinity of the GO Station

                             in the Brant/Fairview area remain without power, including Paradign Condominium

9:00 pm                Second storm moves through area slowing repair and restoration efforts

2:39 am                6 customers restored to full power, including Paradign Condo

3:38 am                Repairs complete. Final 4 customers have power restored.