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Monday December 30th, 2013

Posted at 1:59pm

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After spending the Christmas holidays in Toronto helping to restore power, EnWin employees returned home today.

The EnWin team was made up of Leaders Duane Matthews and Adrian Viselli, Linemen Doug Teschke, Paul Burk and Mitch Prier and Heavy Line Truck Operator Pete Gietz, led by Supervisor Rod Skill.

The seven man EnWin crew, driving two single bucket trucks and a line truce for setting poles, moved from house to house, street to street and service to service, repairing infrastructure and setting poles by hand all over the Toronto area since December 24th, helping to restore the area’s devastated power infrastructure in the wake of a severe ice storm.

EnWin says that their crew received cheers and accolades from residents as they worked throughout the Christmas season in Toronto. Mayor Rob Ford visited the crew on site and thanked them for their help and dedication, and Toronto residents showed their appreciation by donating hand warmers.

Officials also say that accolades have also poured into the EnWin office by phone and email, as Toronto residents and Windsorites with family in the GTE thank the men for their assistance to those in need.

At the peak of the outage, more than 300,000 Toronto Hydro customers were without power. Supervisor Rod Skill reported that there were “still wires down everywhere” after working a full shift on Christmas Day.

The ENWIN crew was thanked by Toronto Hydro, and released from active duty this morning, with the assurance that full restoration can now be completed by Toronto Hydro crews.

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