Halloween wind storm causes power outages

Halloween proved no treat in the end for some areas of Eastern Ontario as a wind storm has caused power failures throughout the region.

Hydro One repair crews are out dealing with lines damaged or downed by fallen tree limbs or branches and public works crews in some communities are also checking for downed trees which may be blocking backcountry roads.

The Hydro One website at www.hydroone.com has a map posted showing where power outages are reported. So far the Prescott-Russell region itself has more than 30 reports of no electricity in some neighbourhoods.

The website also indicates that Hydro One expects to have power restored to all areas of the region by 8 p.m. Friday. Residents are asked to call the Hydro One toll-free emergency number at 1-800-434-1235 for updates on when power may be restored to their neighbourhood or to report any power outage problems.

Scène policière

Il n’y a pas à dire : la vitesse a la cote en campagne. Les policiers de la Sûreté du Québec (SQ), et d’ailleurs, en ont plein les bras ce printemps avec des pilotes au pied lourd pris en flagrant délit de grand excès de vitesse.

The three chambers of commerce for the Prescott-Russell region launched a new virtual conference project to help keep their members informed of important business news items during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The regional health office says people can drive up for their takeout coffee order but then they should drive away with it, instead of standing around in the parking lot with other people, drinking coffee and chatting.

Across the Prescott-Russell region, flags fly at half-mast as local municipalities, school districts, and others express sympathy and support for the residents of several Nova Scotia communities in the wake of a weekend murder spree which claimed the lives of 22 people.