Se­rial Wilro Park power cuts are most frus­trat­ing

The Star Late Edition - - METRO WATCH -

DANIELE LEMAIRE OF WILRO PARK WRITES: There seems to be a big prob­lem with the power sup­ply in our area (prob­a­bly in some other ar­eas too), which re­sults in us ex­pe­ri­enc­ing very fre­quent power cuts and out­ages.

Dur­ing the past year, these power cuts have be­come more and more fre­quent and I’m talk­ing ap­prox­i­mately one a week as of a few months ago.

Last Sun­day, there was a planned power out­age be­cause the city was go­ing to be do­ing main­te­nance and re­pair work to the sys­tems af­fect­ing our area, with the prom­ise that this was go­ing to im­prove the ser­vice.

It seems, how­ever, that al­most ev­ery time we have a thun­der­storm, Wil­ropark suf­fers power out­ages. Some­times they last for about two hours and some­times for up to five or even eight hours. A cou­ple of months ago, we had a power out­age for al­most two en­tire days.

I’m sure I don’t have to ex­plain the ut­ter frus­tra­tion and help­less­ness we feel as res­i­dents and tax­pay­ers. I know peo­ple who live five min­utes away from us and they don’t have this prob­lem. I re­alise this is prob­a­bly be­cause we are on dif­fer­ent “grids”, but still.

We are des­per­ate in our plight and sim­ply do not know what to do, or where to turn. Can some­one please ex­plain why this is hap­pen­ing so of­ten, and why it seems that noth­ing is be­ing done to sort it out per­ma­nently?

What­ever the cause or root of the prob­lem is, is not be­ing ad­dressed and rec­ti­fied, and it is grossly un­fair that we should be made to suf­fer the con­se­quences. CITY POWER REPLIES: A com­bi­na­tion of theft, van­dal­ism, ca­ble faults and dam­age of ca­bles by third par­ties are the causes of power out­ages in ar­eas sup­plied by Wilro Park sub­sta­tion.

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