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Power outage snarls morning traffic in city's northwest end

Outage affects hundreds of customers in Barrie's Letitia Heights area

A morning power outage in Barrie is affecting hundreds of people in the city’s northwest end, but police say many of the main intersections are back up and running.

At around 5 a.m., Monday, the power went out in in areas including parts of Anne Street, Browning Trail, Cundles Road West, Lampman Lane, Leacock Drive and Sunnidale Road in Barrie's Letitia Heights area.

Some neighbourhoods had their power come back minutes later, but at last check, there were still hundreds of customers without electricity. 

At its height, the outage was affecting almost 2,600 customers, but as of 10:30 a.m., it was down to 615.

Alectra Utilities has reported the outage is due to a lightning strike affecting its equipment. 

Barrie police social media reported at 7 a.m. that the traffic lights at Bayfield Street and Cundles Street, Anne Street and Leacock Drive, and Leacock Drive and Gibbon Drive were all out.

Police communications co-ordinator Peter Leon told BarrieToday those areas were fixed shortly after and were all operational.

“I know there are other areas without power, but those intersections are up and running, thankfully,” said Leon.

Alectra crews are investigating and restoration time for the remaining customers is unknown. 

Shawn Gibson

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Shawn Gibson is a staff writer based in Barrie
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