- Thousands of Manitobans are without power due to prolonged snow and rain damaging power lines.
- According to Manitoba Hydro, staff from other Manitoba Hydro will be dispatched to western Manitoba to help with the outages.
Thousands of Manitobans are without power due to damage to power lines caused by the continuous snow and rain. Manitoba Hydro says it may take some time to restore power due to poor road conditions and flooding.
Manitoba Hydro dealt with over 900 outages Sunday afternoon, affecting over 13,500 customers.
The areas hardest afflicted by the outages, said Bruce Owen, a media relations officer for Manitoba Hydro, are southwestern Manitoba — locations like Boissevain, Virden, Morden, as well as up into the Dauphin region.
“We’re operating as fast as we can to bring everyone up,” Owen told CTV News. “Some folks will stay out till late in the evening. We predict that some clients in rural, outlying areas will be out till tomorrow due to the weather and traffic conditions.”
According to Owen, the outages are caused by Mother Nature’s April storm.
He claimed that as temperatures dropped Saturday due to the rain, ice began to develop on the power wires, weighting them down. Combine that with the wind, causing electrical lines to shatter and poles to break.
Manitoba Hydro thinks there are roughly 100 broken poles in the Dauphin area alone.
Manitoba Hydro has said that staff from other districts in the province will be dispatched to western Manitoba to address the outages.
On the other hand, the storm poses difficulties for crews, according to Owen.
“We’re experiencing overland floods,” he added, “in some locations where we have to go, these roads are in pretty bad shape on gravel roads.” “We go on the same highways as everyone else. So, if you’re not traveling, we’ll still be able to go where we need to, but it will take longer.”
According to Owen, residents should remain patient as crews attempt to restore electricity. He stressed having an emergency kit on hand in a power outage. Manitoba Hydro has provided some helpful hints for preparing for power disruptions.
Source: CTV News
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