Downed lines knock out power to thousands in Barrhaven, Bells Corners

More than 8,000 Hydro Ottawa customers lose power in Barrhaven, Bells Corners on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. (Outages Centre/

More than 8,300 Hydro Ottawa customers in Barrhaven and Bells Corners lost power Tuesday afternoon, after power lines outside the city went down, according to the utility company.

Hydro Ottawa says it appears some Hydro One lines went down earlier this afternoon, affecting circuits in Ottawa.

Power Outage UPDATE 3pm: Reports of Hydro One lines down, impacting two circuits in Barrhaven and Bells Corners areas. Working with Hydro One, our crews are on-site to perform restoration. ETR: 4pm approx. @RickChiarelli @MeehanCarolAnne @ScottMoffatt21 #OttawaOutage

— Hydro Ottawa (@hydroottawa) December 1, 2020

By 3:45 p.m., most customers in Barrhaven had their power returned, but about 900 customers in Bells Corners were still waiting to be switched back on.

By 4:35 p.m., there remained just 12 customers along Moodie Drive to reconnect. 

The outage forced the temporary closure of the COVID-19 Testing & Care Centre on Moodie Drive. The Queensway Carleton Hospital, which runs the centre, says anyone who had booked an appointment at the testing centre on Moodie can go to another site in the city as walk-in patient. 

Power outage alert: COVID-19 Testing & Care Centre - Moodie ❗️

Anyone scheduled to have an appointment at Moodie can go to the other COVID Centres as a walk-in patient & will be accepted.

We are very sorry for the inconvenience & are working to get power returned to the site.

— Queensway Carleton Hospital and Foundation (@QCHOttawa) December 1, 2020

There are currently no major outages in Hydro One's service area in eastern Ontario, according to its outage map.

It's unclear if a separate outage along Ogilvie Road on the other side of the city, which began just after 4:30 p.m., is related to the issue that caused the outage in the west end.

Hydro Ottawa says the eastern outage is affecting just under 1,300 customers. The estimated time of restoration is 11 p.m.

By 7:30 p.m., the outage in the east end was down to about 100 customers.

(Credit: Outages Centre/