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Manitoba Hydro working to restore outages

By Aaron Wilgosh, The Graphic

Manitoba Hydro is working to restore outages following significant snowfall overnight Sunday into Monday.

Manitoba Hydro is working to restore outages following significant snowfall overnight Sunday into Monday.

Manitoba Hydro employees are hard at work restoring power to certain parts of the province after southern Manitoba was hit hard by the first blizzard of 2018.

“Even when we get to the problems, accessing the issue is very difficult in some cases,”  says Manitoba Hydro spokesperson, Scott Powell. “We’re having to plow areas when we get there just to get the work done. Today across Manitoba we’ve got approximately 7300 customers (without power), but that number is changing as we restore blocks.”

There are a lot of small outages across Manitoba right now, with 5-10 customers in blocks all over including inside of Portage la Prairie. Currently, hydro workers are working on the larger blocks of outages caused by downed feeder lines. 

“We’re concentrating on those bigger outages with larger blocks of customers restored as soon as possible,” says Powell. “There are a number of issues in between Winnipeg and Portage la Prairie including a number of larger blocks. 228 were out near Starbuck – but that has just been restored. I’m waiting for confirmation about Sanford because there was a big block out there. We’ve got a big one by St. Eustache as well so we’re working hard to get everyone up and running."

Hydro employees were busy overnight to try and keep up with the heavy snowfall and sleet. A lot of the highways around the province were closed until late Monday morning, making travel hazardous for crews. 

Powell adds they’ll hopefully have everything taken care of before any wind picks up because it could make matters even worse.

 

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