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Updated: Mon, 30 Dec 2013 07:53:13 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Toronto ice storm: 2,500 in dark as power slowly returns



Toronto Hyrdro workers work to restore power following an ice storm in Toronto, December 27, 2013. Over 30,000 residents were left without power in Toronto Friday since the storm hit on December 22, local media reported. Mark Blinch/Reuters

Toronto Hyrdro workers work to restore power following an ice storm in Toronto, December 27, 2013. Over 30,000 residents were left without power in Toronto Friday since the storm hit on December 22, local media reported. Mark Blinch/Reuters

About 2,500 customers in the Greater Toronto Area are still without power more than a week after an ice storm hit Eastern Canada and knocked out electricity to about 300,000.

Toronto Hydro said it hoped to have most customers back on the grid Monday.

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Mayor Rob Ford and Toronto Hydro are expected to give an update on the exact number of homes still without power at an 8 a.m. ET briefing.

While the number of homes without power is down from Sunday’s 6,000, localized outages mean repairs take time.

As of Sunday night, crews were working on individual homes and apartments.

Increased emergencies

Meanwhile, emergency response officials say the influx of calls they began receiving after the storm has not stopped.

More than a week after the storm that caused massive power outages, emergency calls remain at 10 times the normal volume.

EMS emergency medical dispatcher Rocky Ruffalo says the challenge is prioritizing those calls.

“One of the toughest calls to field was people that were on home oxygen and with the power being out, they knew that they only had a specific period of time left for their home oxygen,” Ruffalo said.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says that after all power is restored and it’s business as usual in the city, a debriefing on what was and wasn’t done efficiently will be required.

In Sunday's briefing, Ford said restoring power and repairing damage from the ice storm costs the city approximately $1 million per day.

“So it’s going to cost Toronto Hydro $10 million on the high side,” he said, “The very low side is about $8 million.”

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