The entire city of Stratford is without power following incident at a transmission tower.
Officials have confirmed someone climbed the tower, and as a result, hydro officials have turned power off for the safety of the individual.
“At approximately 5:40a.m. the Stratford Police Service received a call from a resident to report that their 27-year-old son was missing,” said Police Constable Sam Theocharis. “The son was last seen at 1:30a.m. Police have located the individual in the county, and are currently speaking with the individual. No charges have been committed, and the Police are currently attempting to resolve the situation.”
According to Hydro One, power has also been disrupted in Wingham and Seaforth.
Police are asking for the public’s patience, as there is no firm restoration time at this point.
“This situation is under control, the hydro will be out for a little while longer, until the situation is resolved,” said Theocharis. “Once the situation is resolved, a media release will be released and hydro will be turned back on.”
Stratford Mayor Dan Mathieson spoke with AM980.
“There are first responders at the scene, including Police, fire and ambulance. We are asking people to know of the location not to attend the site, and there are barricades up to keep people away.”
10,000 customers in Stratford are currently offline, in addition to upwards of 4,000 Hydro One customers.
“We have no ETA on when the power will be turned back on, but our primary concern is the person’s health on the transmission tower,” says Ysni Semsedini, CEO of Festival Hydro in Stratford.
Semsedini said safety is their top priority.
“Our primary concern is for the person’s health on the transmission tower,” he said.
Stay with AM980 for the latest on this developing story.