- Approximately 10,000 people in Manitoba were without power Thursday afternoon due to storm-related concerns.
- Manitoba Hydro tweeted on Thursday evening that a further outage had occurred in southwest Winnipeg.
Approximately 10,000 people in Manitoba were without power Thursday afternoon due to storm-related concerns, and some may not have electricity restored until Friday.
According to Bruce Owen, a spokesperson for Manitoba Hydro, most of those outages are in Manitoba’s Interlake and Selkirk districts.
He stated that he doesn’t know how long the outages will persist but that some customers may be affected until Friday.
“Part of our dilemma is that, given the roads, we’re no different from everyone else,” he explained.
“We need to get digger equipment, bucket trucks, and people to operate them, as well as materials, to the places where we need to start putting in new poles to restore people.” This is going to take some time.”
Owen mentioned that the Crown corporation is working with a variety of storm-related difficulties in the Interlake and Selkirk districts and on Lake Winnipeg’s east beaches.
“This wet, clingy snow is clinging to electricity lines in some regions. Lines are coming down, and some poles are snapping due to the dampness and weight, producing apparent concerns,” he explained.
Manitoba Hydro tweeted on Thursday evening that a further outage had occurred in southwest Winnipeg.
Around 1,500 subscribers are affected, according to Hydro. However, there was no indication of when this situation would be resolved.
The outages are being responded to by crews from all around Manitoba, according to Owen.
“Of course, getting to these regions is a problem. Because of the road conditions, it’s a little more difficult in rural regions,” he remarked.
“In regions where poles have been snapped, we’ll need to get new poles in as well.”
According to Owen, Hydro understands how frustrating it is to be without power, especially for an extended amount of time.
He encourages individuals who still have the power to go to the Manitoba Hydro website’s emergency preparedness section and start putting together an emergency pack.
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