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Frustration grows as ice-storm blackout enters day 6 for tens of thousands

A hydro crew from London, Ont. works to remove fallen branches from a power line at a house in Oakville, Ont., Tuesday, Dec.24, 2013. The men came in to assist local hydro crews clean up after last weekend's ice storm. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Richard Buchan
December 27, 2013 - 1:00 AM

TORONTO, Cananda - It's now been six days since the big ice storm turned off the lights, heat and, in some cases water, to hundreds of thousands of customers in Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada.

And frustration is clearly growing among the tens of thousands still without power.

At the height of the storm more than 400,000 customers lost their electricity — three quarters of them in southern Ontario.

As of late last night about 61,000 in Ontario — most of them in Toronto — along with 2,500 in Quebec, and just over 14,000 in New Brunswick were still out in the cold.

Toronto Hydro CEO Anthony Haines says his crews are now into the "hand to hand" combat part of the job where they're down to reconnecting individual homes.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said yesterday that she was aware of the growing anger among those who've been shivering in the dark for nearly a week. And Toronto Mayor Rob Ford said his "heart bleeds" for those people.

But all three officials insisted everything possible is being done to restore the power, and there's little more they can do other than beg people's continued patience.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2013
The Canadian Press

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