- October 14, 2019
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- Category: Canada, City of Winnipeg, downed trees winnipeg, Manitoba Storm, MB Storm, Province of Manitoba, Weather, Winnipeg weather
Manitoba Hydro called in neighbouring companies like SaskPower to help slowly restore power in rural Manitoba, where tens of thousands of people have been without electricity since Friday.
However, the timeline to get everyone back online is at least a week.
As of Monday at 7 a.m., Manitoba Hydro was reporting that 21,135 customers were still without power, including 1,770 in North Norfolk, 1,589 in the RM of Grahamdale, 3,287 in the city of Portage la Prairie, 3,241 in the RM of Portage la Prairie and 929 in Winnipeg.
Bruce Owen with Manitoba Hydro said they are making headway in Winnipeg, going door-to-door at this point.
“Our issue, of course, is the trees,” he said. “We have to remove these trees first and find out how damaged the line is and then start our fixed.”
Winnipeg is under control, he said, and Hydro is focusing their efforts west, saying the wet snow “crumpled” significant transmission towers.
The utility has been utilizing their ability to switch power from other lines to transmit, said Owen. Parts of Portage la Prairie have been restored, but it will take time to bring the whole city online without overloading lines.
Total restoration in Manitoba will take days, he added. “If the weather is finally on our side, that we’re looking at a period of approximately 7-10 days.”
Both the Province of Manitoba and the City of Winnipeg declared states of emergency Sunday, as did numerous First Nations. Several First Nations evacuated their residents to Winnipeg Sunday.
Brady Landfill and the 4R depot recycling centres are open on Monday.
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