Posted: Dec 31, 2019

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON (December 31, 2019) – PUC is dealing with a significant outage that started around 5:00 P.M. yesterday evening. Approximately 5,200 customers power has been restored, with 1,800 customers still without power. The cause of this major outage is due to the heavy snow and ice on the trees and power lines.

At this time, we do not expect to have all customers power restored today. We continue to have tree failure and are making as much progress as we can during this time. PUC has brought in additional resources from Asplundh and 17 Trees to work with us as well as a team of powerline technicians from Espanola Regional Hydro.

“We want everyone to prepare themselves accordingly and know that our teams will be working throughout the night to restore power,” says Rob Brewer, President and CEO.

For frequent updates, visit our website at and our social media pages @SSMPUC on Facebook and Twitter.

PUC would like to remind all customers: 

  • Downed wires should always be considered energized or "live", and extremely dangerous
  • Do not approach or drive over a downed power line and do not touch anything the power line may be in contact with
  • Parents are encouraged to talk to their children about powerline safety and the dangers that can be associated with power lines

Public safety is our top priority. If you have any information leading to the cause of the outage or other concerns, please call the PUC emergency number at 759-6555.

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