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Sunday, December 5, 2021

May be no lights till Saturday in many areas, Manitoba Hydro

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  • Manitoba Hydro warns some customers that they may not get it back until Saturday.
  • About 1,200 people in Selkirk, Eastman, and the Interlake were still without power on Friday afternoon. 
  • Those who do have power are encouraged to put together an emergency pack.

While most of those who lost power during Manitoba’s recent snowstorm already have power, Manitoba Hydro warns some customers that they may not get it back until Saturday.

According to Manitoba Hydro, about 1,200 people in Selkirk, Eastman, and the Interlake were still without power as of Friday afternoon. The outage occurred on Thursday afternoon.

According to CTV News Winnipeg, 10,000 customers in Manitoba’s Interlake and Selkirk districts were without power on Thursday afternoon owing to storm-related concerns.

On Friday afternoon, Bruce Owen, a spokeswoman for Manitoba Hydro, told CTV News, “We’ve made steady progress throughout the day, getting to the regions we need to get to.”

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“The locations we need to be to fix things are still drifted in and snow-choked, so getting these people back on is taking a little while.”

Manitoba Hydro stated on Twitter that it anticipates most customers to have power restored by midnight, while some may not have it until Saturday.

Some people may not have electricity restored until Saturday.
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“We understand how tough it is to be without power for so long,” the tweet stated. “We’re striving to get everyone back up and running as quickly as we can safely.”

The road conditions, as per Hydro, are making driving difficult, particularly for specialist equipment needed to repair broken poles and downed lines.

According to Owen, crews attempt to clear ice off power wires, which are up to two inches thick in some spots.

“Those wires are dangling low in the air. They snap if the ice remains on them. “Crews are restringing lines that have snapped and replacing Hydro poles that have broken.

Those who do have power are encouraged to put together an emergency pack. More details can be accessed on the internet.

Source: CTV News

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