Bluewater Power customers in Sarnia still without power

Approximately 1,500 Bluewater Power customers in Sarnia are still without electricity following storms in the area.

According to tweets published Wednesday, Bluewater crews initially began responding to power outages in Sarnia following an afternoon storm, before being pulled back until a second storm passed through the area. It started out with 5,000 customers without power.

"Our crews have been very busy restoring power-making repairs due to direct lightning hits, indirect hits, tree limbs and downed power lines," Bluewater said in a tweet.

Sarnia residents reported downed power near Ontario Street, while Sarnia police issued a brief media release informing residents about flooding on "many local roads" as a result of heavy rainfall.

Police said it will take "a couple of hours" for sewers to drain the excess water, adding that residents who don't need to drive should avoid doing so.