Ice storm grips Toronto


Lethbridge Herald - - HEADLINE NEWS - Ni­cole Thomp­son and Peter Cameron

Chunks of ice crash­ing down from the CN Tower fol­low­ing a week­end of freez­ing rain forced the clo­sure of the Toronto land­mark and dam­aged the roof of a nearby base­ball sta­dium, prompt­ing the Toronto Blue Jays to can­cel Mon­day night’s game against the Kansas City Roy­als.

Po­lice had blocked off the area di­rectly un­der the CN Tower and the Rogers Cen­tre due to the “rel­a­tively large” blocks of ice tum­bling down onto the streets and side­walks be­low.

“For­tu­nately there’s been no in­juries re­ported,” said Const. Allyson Dou­glas-Cook.

The Blue Jays said crews were work­ing to re­pair a hole in the roof of the Rogers Cen­tre and fans would be treated to a “tra­di­tional dou­ble­header” this af­ter­noon.

“We apol­o­gize to our fans for this in­con­ve­nience,” the team said on Twit­ter.

Toronto, along with much of south­ern and cen­tral On­tario, is re­cov­er­ing from an ice storm that re­sulted in power out­ages, can­celled flights and road col­li­sions over the week­end.

By late Mon­day af­ter­noon, pro­vin­cial power util­ity Hy­dro One said crews had re­stored power to more than 300,000 cus­tomers across much of the prov­ince.

Hy­dro One said crews were still work­ing to re­con­nect an­other 82,000 cus­tomers af­fected by ap­prox­i­mately 700 out­ages.

Toronto Hy­dro said the num­ber of cus­tomers in the dark had shrunk to about 1,500 late Mon­day af­ter­noon from about 40,000. In most cases, crews were deal­ing with power lines and poles downed by high winds or ice-coated trees that snapped dur­ing the storm.

The mix of snow, freez­ing rain, ice pel­lets, rain and pow­er­ful winds that bat­tered the re­gion Satur­day and Sun­day had made driv­ing treach­er­ous, with pro­vin­cial po­lice re­port­ing more than 1,600 non-fa­tal crashes on the high­ways sur­round­ing Toronto over the two days.

High­way 400, south of Bar­rie, Ont., which had been closed in both di­rec­tions af­ter a col­li­sion in­volv­ing two trucks took out the high­way di­vider, was re­opened to traf­fic Mon­day af­ter­noon.

The poor con­di­tions also prompted bus and school can­cel­la­tions in parts of the prov­ince Mon­day, with schools in Hamil­ton, Hal­ton and Peel re­gions closed for the day and buses can­celled in var­i­ous other dis­tricts.

Af­ter pum­melling On­tario over the week­end, the storm slowly moved east.

In Ot­tawa, which was un­der a freez­ing rain warn­ing, all en­trances to the Cen­tre Block on Par­lia­ment Hill were closed be­cause of fall­ing ice.

Hy­dro Ot­tawa said heavy freez­ing rain had downed trees and dam­aged hy­dro poles, caus­ing more than 90 out­ages and leav­ing 30,000 cus­tomers with­out power in the na­tional cap­i­tal.

Cana­dian Press photo

A man walks by the Rogers Cen­tre as re­ports of fall­ing ice from the CN Tower sparked a clo­sure of parts of the area in Toronto on Mon­day.

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