Well, its back to electricity again- my post during the blackout wouldn’t save for some reason? We were without power for 24hrs at a low temperature hitting -20C. Was there a terrible conspiracy here, it all sounds perfect right? Did an alien ship crash in the neighborhood? A wanted international spy was discovered in the area so they cut the power to hunt him down? Maybe a network of computers were becoming aware and destined to destroy the earth so they needed to shut down the grid? Or, extreme cold burst some water pipes flooding
an electrical station.
Taking the bus home Friday morning from work, my neighborhood looked like a disaster site. Heading west everything was looking perfectly normal, until about Bathurst st. where it became completely dark except for car and police lights. I will say i was impressed with the TTC, i’ve never seen so many buses on Bloor- although they were packed with the morning rush.
Electrical power can be re-routed right? When we had that massive blackout in the summer a couple years ago, it was a chain reaction caused by overloading power stations trying to re-route power through neighboring grids. All areas were at peak demand so no neighboring power stations were able to handle the added load; we’re not at peak demand during the winter, so why couldn’t my power be re-routed through a neighboring grid. I understand that if i live in the country and the main line coming into town goes down we loose power. Here in the city one neighborhood out and not another, it makes no sense to me? Cut out the bad station and allow others to carry the increased demand, seems pretty logical. If the system isn’t designed that way, it should be. I know enough about electricity to know its possible, is this a question of Toronto hydro cheaping out on their infrastructure, or their emergency capacities?
There wasn’t even a standardized way to inform people of the situation on Toronto Hydro’s automated phone message. I heard maybe 8 different technicians update the message, each one giving different sorts of information. Problem was some gave good information like the city’s help line and such, but others said very little and deleted any good information that had previously been on the message. Remember when you’re stranded in the dark, these phone messages become the best source of news on the situation. One guy even said it would be fixed by 6-7am Friday uh 13hrs early! Jerk!
I stayed home thinking it was coming back soon, . . . .sucker.
Blackouts in the summer are a soothing reminder of a simpler, quieter world where people socialize and don’t go to work. Winter blackouts are the pits.
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