Archives for December, 2013

Lights back on for 1,700 City residents

Veridian has fully restored power to 1,700 customers living in Belleville’s east end.

The lights went out around 12:30 p.m. in the area of Haig Road and Diamond Crescent after a tree limb fell on the hydro line.

District Manager Rod Hinze says, crews are now on their way to Highland Avenue where a transformers is out.

They hope to have power back on for the 10 customers affected shortly.

2:20 p.m. power outage update

The lights just came on for about 1,500 Veridan customers in Belleville’s east end.

A tree branch fell on a hydro line knocking out power for 1,700 residents in the Haig Road area.

The power went out around 12:30 p.m. this afternoon.

District Manager for Veridian Rod Hinze says, there are crews are still working on the lines  in the area just south of Diamond Crescent.

He says power should be back on for the remaining 200 on Haig Road within the hour.

Meanwhile, Almost 600 Hydro One customers in Brighton are without power at this hour.

Crews are assessing the damage right now.

Unfortunately we don’t have a time on when it will be back yet.

About 200 people are without lights in Trenton. The cause is under investigation and no restoration time yet.

Approximately 460 customers are without hydro in Prince Edward County.

It’s estimated the lights will be turned on for 330 residents along West Lake at 2:45 p.m.

There is a huge power outage in Hay Bay where 4,829 customers are in the dark.

Crews are assessing the damage.

Power outage in Belleville’s east end

There have been multiple outages reported to our newsroom affecting Veridian customers in Belleville’s east end.

The power went out around 12:30 p.m. this afternoon.

District Manager for Veridian Rod Hinze says there are crews out working on the lines in the Haig Road area.

The cause of the outage and the time of restoration hasn’t been confirmed yet.

But we’ll keep you updated as the information becomes available.

Coyotes spotted in City’s west end

Animal Control in Belleville is trapping coyotes in the city’s east end, but the wild canines are also being seen in the west end of the city.

A caller to the newsroom this morning, said he was surprised to see a pair of coyotes loping down Nesbitt Avenue, off of Selena Avenue.

The animals were in good condition.

It’s to be expected that with the very thick snow crust making it harder for coyotes to hunt mice and voles outside of town, that they might become more interested in cruising urban areas.

12:20 p.m. power outage update

Power is back on for most in Trenton residents at this hour.

There is still a small outage affecting 20 Hydro One customers on Dufferin Avenue and it should be fixed by 2:45 p.m. today.

Meanwhile, the lights went out on 578 Brighton residents around noon.

Hydro One estimates power will be back on around 3 p.m. today.

There are a couple of smaller outages affecting 90 people in Ameliasburgh in Prince Edward County.

Hydro One says the lights will be on around 1:30 today.

There are two outages along West Lake in the County causing problems for 158 Hydro One customers.

The power should be back up and running by 2:45 p.m. today.

Police looking for escaped inmate

UPDATE: Michael Bird is back in custody.

Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) was informed at approximately 10:30 p.m. on December 25 that Bird had turned himself in to Kingston Police.

He is currently serving a sentence of 2 years, 4 months, 15 days for robbery.

CSC will be conducting an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident.

A prisoner has escaped from a jail near Kingston.

Correction Service Canada reports that an inmate at the Pittsburgh Institution, located beside the Joyceville Penitentiary, escaped Christmas Day.

Missing is 41 year-old Michael Bird.

He was serving around two-and-a-half years in jail for robbery.

Anyone who knows the whereabouts of Michael Bird is asked to contact police.

Head-on crash sends 3 to hospital in QW

There was a head-on crash on the Hamilton Road around 6:30 a.m. today.

Three people had to be extricated from vehicles by the Quinte West fire department, and taken to hospital

Some of the injuries were serious.

The accident happened on Hamilton Road, near White’s Road.

10 a.m. power outage update

The power is out to a lot of homes and perhaps businesses in Trenton at this hour.

Two-hundred and thirty-eight customers are affected around Dufferin Avenue in Trenton.

Hydro One is assessing the damage there.  It happened recently.

Hydro One estimate power to be restored at 10:30 a.m.

Meanwhile, 57 hydro customers are still without power east of Lake on the Mountain in Prince Edward County.

It’s expected back around 2 p.m.

There are several outages north of Colborne where power isn’t expected to be returned until later tonight.

10:30 power update

Almost everyone in our listening area has power this Christmas day.

There are only 4 small outages left.

One is east of Lake on the Mountain near Lost Lake in Prince Edward County.

Power should be back on by noon today.

Another is near the North Shore Hay Bay Road. Hydro One says power will be back there later this afternoon.

And, just a while ago, power went out to a few residents and businesses near Cannifton.

Hydro One is assessing the damage there.

And there’s a small outage along the Loyalist Parkway north of Carrying Place in the County. Crews are working on the problem.

Meantime, those without power in Colborne and north of that town won’t have power back till tomorrow night.

BIG NOISE explanation

A listener and follower on our Quintenews website has come up with a most plausible explanation for the loud bangs people around here have been hearing around their houses lately.

Paul Mackinnon writes that the bangs, which some people have described as something landing on their homes roof, are actually the sound of the ice on the roof expanding.

This phenomenon of course is the direct result of the bad ice storm we had last weekend.