Hundreds still without power in Ottawa after freezing rain, snow

Hundreds of people are still without power in Ottawa, along with thousands more in eastern Ontario and the Outaouais in Quebec after a combination of freezing rain, snow and high winds this week.

5,200 hydro customers without power in the Outaouais, eastern Ontario

A Hydro Ottawa crew works to restore power on O'Connor Street on Wednesday. About 300 people remained without power in Ottawa early Thursday morning, according to an estimate from the city. (Roger Dubois/CBC)

Hundreds of people are still without in eastern Ontario and the Outaouais in Quebec after a combination of freezing rain, snow and high winds this week.

In the Outaouais, 3,000 customers were without power as of 7:30 a.m. Thursday, according to Hydro Quebec. By 2 p.m. it had dropped to about 2,000, and by 5:30 p.m. it has dropped to less than 800.

In eastern Ontario and rural Ottawa, from Haliburton in the west to Alexandria in the east, about 4,600 customers were without power Thursday morning, according to Hydro One. By 2 p.m. the number had dropped to about 3,200, and by 5:30 p.m. the number had dropped to about 1,600.

The hardest-hit areas is Bancroft, with service not expected to be restored until 12:30 p.m. on Friday for more than 1,000 customers, Hydro One said.

Tens of thousands affected at height of storm

At the height of the storm, which began on Tuesday, tens of thousands of people were left without power throughout the region, including in Ottawa.

Three warming centres were opened as a precaution for people without power but two of them were closed after no one showed up.

The centre that remained open, at the Kinburn Client Service Centre on Carp Road, saw no visitors overnight, according to Pierre Poirier, the city's manager of security and emergency management.

In a meeting later Thursday morning the city will decide whether or not to keep the remaining warming centre open.

Road clearing continues

Meanwhile, on the roads, the city said Thursday morning that its priority network "is in reasonable condition."

Work continues on residential streets and sidewalks.

"Sidewalks and residential streets are slippery and caution is required by residents while navigating to work," the city said.