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Manitoba Hydro workers load gear onto buses as they arrive back in Winnipeg Tuesday after helping to restore power in Toronto after an ice storm.

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Manitoba Hydro workers who sacrificed their Christmas holidays help restore power for thousands in Toronto arrived home today just in time for new year celebrations.

Brandon line maintenance supervisor Darin McMurdo said he’s looking forward to seeing his family tonight.

"I’m going to give my wife a big hug, and take a look under the Christmas tree to see what Santa Claus brought for me," he said.

He is one of 42 people who volunteered to help restore power to thousands of customers who were without light or heat after an ice storm struck Eastern Canada. The workers flew out of Winnipeg on Christmas Eve, so they did not get to spend the holidays with their families.

"I was thinking on the way home that maybe we’ll have a Ukrainian Christmas this year," McMurdo said, since Ukrainian Christmas falls on Jan. 7.

Mike Tataryn, who has been working with Manitoba Hydro for 24 years, said that the work they did in Toronto was nothing out of the ordinary.

"Our guys consistently do this kind of work around the province," Tataryn said. "They work hard, and they always toe the line."

The workers landed in Winnipeg around 4:45 p.m. Tuesday at Perimeter Aviation Terminal, welcomed by staff from Manitoba Hydro.

 

 

 

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