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Ice storm causes power outages in Alliston, Barrie

UPDATED – The power is still out in parts of Barrie and New Tecumseth following last night’s ice storm.

Earlier today at the height of the outage, PowerStream said 6,699 Barrie customers and 11,549 customers between Alliston, Beeton and Tottenham were affected.

PowerStream and Hydro One hope to have power restored by late afternoon, according to the latest update.

An update from New Tecumseth deputy CAO Blaine Parkin on the restoration efforts was posted to social media earlier today.

“We are currently experiencing significant power outages across the town due to the severe weather that is moving through the area,” he wrote. “Our fire and emergency crews along with our public works staff are dispersed throughout the town handling several calls and are working diligently to address downed trees and blocked roads.”

New Tecumseth residents who come across downed tree limbs or other safety hazards are asked to call the public works emergency line at 905-729-2291.

In Beeton, the fire hall is open for residents who need to charge their cell phones or warm up.

If you’re on the roads, drive carefully. There is a lot of debris in the roadways.

OPP are also reminding drivers to treat intersections without power as four-way stops.