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A few people still without power in Ont.

More than a week after a crippling ice storm hit parts of Central and Eastern Canada, Toronto Hydro is hoping power will be fully restored to all customers today.

As of Monday morning, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford said 725 customers are still without power, including eight Toronto Community Housing units. At the height of the storm, as many as 600,000 customers in Ontario were left in the dark after splintered tree limbs downed power lines.

Toronto Hydro estimates the tab to fully restore power as a result of the storm will be approximately $10 million, or $1 million per day. Ford has called a special city council meeting to request financial aid from the province.

Across the city, Ford said Emergency Medical Services and Toronto Fire Services are back to normal. He said 98 forestry crews will be hitting the streets on Monday as clean-up efforts continue. Approximately 680 customers have had repairs done to their homes as a result of damage sustained during the storm.

Ford said 72 people stayed at Toronto's warming centres last night, two of which will close today.

"I want to thank our staff for a phenomenal job they have done. I want to thank the residence of this city for their patience during this terrible storm. We have never had a storm like this in Toronto’s history," Ford told reporters Monday morning at the last ice-storm news conference.

Elsewhere in Ontario, approximately 1,500 homes and business are still waiting for power.

Ontario Kathleen Wynne is expected later this morning to release more details about a plan to compensate people who had to throw out food that spoiled during the power outage.

She is calling on individuals and companies to donate grocery cards. Loblaw has already handed out over $25,000 worth of grocery cards, which the provincial government hopes to match.


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