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Hydro Ottawa workers traveling to Atlantic Canada to help clean up Fiona

A Hydro Ottawa vehicle is seen in this undated photo. (CTV Ottawa)
A Hydro Ottawa vehicle is seen in this undated photo. (CTV Ottawa) Image Source: ottawa.ctvnews.ca

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson said employees from Hydro Ottawa will travel to Atlantic Canada to help restore power to hundreds of thousands of residents affected by Post-Tropical Storm Fiona.

Fiona made landfall over the Maritimes Saturday, whipping the East Coast with hurricane-force winds and knocking out power across eastern Canada. Power companies are warning residents that it may take several days for power to be restored.

Watson said Sunday that 10 to 15 Hydro Ottawa line technicians will head to Nova Scotia on Sunday and Monday.

“Right now, the local power company needs us. If they need more, we will be on standby and offer more crews,” he said.

In a press release, Hydro Ottawa said it is sending 10 power line technicians, five shovel trucks, a crew supervisor, a safety partner and a fleet mechanic to Nova Scotia.

"As a proud member of the North Atlantic Mutual Assistance Group, Hydro Ottawa offers mutual assistance to other utilities across the North Atlantic in times of crisis by lending qualified tradesmen and equipment on a not-for-profit basis," the utility said.

Crews from New Brunswick were in Ottawa earlier this year to help restore power to hundreds of thousands of Hydro Ottawa customers after the May 21 derecho.

News Source: ottawa.ctvnews.ca