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Canada Manitoba Hydro focusing on outages in rural areas as storm pummels southwest

19:20  12 october  2019
19:20  12 october  2019 Source:   cbc.ca

Manitoba Hydro unable to estimate how long some customers will be without power

  Manitoba Hydro unable to estimate how long some customers will be without power WINNIPEG — Electricity is returning to many Winnipeg customers affected by an intense winter storm, but Manitoba Hydro says it can't even estimate how long it will be before power is restored to thousands of people as the weather system moves north and west. Officials in Portage la Prairie, about 90 kilometres west of Winnipeg, tweeted that the city's sewage lift stations were operating on backup power and that residents shouldn't flush theirOfficials in Portage la Prairie, about 90 kilometres west of Winnipeg, tweeted that the city's sewage lift stations were operating on backup power and that residents shouldn't flush their toilets — at all.

Shaded areas are based on current data and are approximate. At times more than one outage can affect an area and overlap can occur. Often we have the power back on earlier than we expected, but if damage is more severe, such as removing fallen trees after a wind storm or replacing a damaged

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a house covered in snow: Blowing snow took down this big tree on Balmoral Street overnight Thursday in Winnipeg’s West Broadway neighbourhood. © Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Blowing snow took down this big tree on Balmoral Street overnight Thursday in Winnipeg’s West Broadway neighbourhood.

Manitoba Hydro says its working around the clock to restore power after a snow storm walloped the southwestern part of the province over the last two days.

Bruce Owen, a spokesperson for Manitoba Hydro, spoke to CBC's Nadia Kidwai on Weekend Morning Saturday and said more than 48,000 households province-wide are experiencing power outages as of 7 a.m.

"This storm system has lingered a number of days and it has caused ongoing problems," he said. "As soon as we fix one thing, boom, two to three things more break because this storm just wont let up."

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Thousands without power as storm system cuts through Manitoba . Thousands of Manitobans were without power Thursday as the first storm system of the season rolled through Owen warned some people in rural areas may be without power for an extended period of time, maybe even overnight.

The storm system moved on from Winnipeg overnight, and so did crews. But Owen said Hydro crews had to be pulled off the roads in the Portage la Prairie and Neepawa areas because of near-blizzard conditions. 

He expects the crews to be back up and running as soon as they're able to drive where they need to go.

"We're working with Manitoba Infrastructure right now and at first light in those areas they're going to be firing up their graders," he said. "They're going to be working with us, not to open roads for the public, but to open roads for us so we can get into problem areas so we can begin restoration efforts."

Owen said Hydro and the contracted crews prioritize certain areas first.

"We try to restore the greatest number of people first," he said. "People in more isolated areas, smaller outages, we will get to them next."

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Manitoba Hydro account number; service address; primary phone number. Reporters should call 204-360-3319 after regular office hours for information on emergencies only. Mail. Manitoba Hydro 360 Portage Avenue Winnipeg, MB Canada R3C 0G8.

Hydro Ottawa is an electricity distribution company based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. This is when a Hydro Ottawa circuit breaker at a substation opens momentarily to allow a temporary fault or Unconfirmed outages also appear on the map as pending. These are areas that we have identified

At the height in Winnipeg, 27,000 households were out of power. Owen said that number is now down to about 7,000. 

The storm arrived so early this fall that most trees are still loaded with leaves, which are now supporting the snow and causing the branches to bear more weight than normal.

"And they are coming down on our [power] lines," said Owen, urging the public to be careful.

Matt Vinet, a manager at Green Drop, one of the yard maintenance companies contracted to do the work, called the situation "a tree apocalypse" on Friday.

"I don't mean to be so alarmist, but it looks pretty grim at this point," he said. "We're going to see a lot of damage to a lot of trees."

a house covered in snow: Lane Gibson sent this photo to CBC of an oak tree that fell onto his home on Winnipeg's Kingston Crescent. © Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Lane Gibson sent this photo to CBC of an oak tree that fell onto his home on Winnipeg's Kingston Crescent.

The City of Winnipeg is expected to speak to media later this morning to give an update on the conditions in Winnipeg.

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  Manitoba First Nations forced to evacuate due to snowstorm power outages First Nations in Manitoba have begun vacating their homes due to an October snowstorm that has wiped out power for tens of thousands of residents across the southern portion of the province. "This is our proactive approach for addressing the situation to ensure that if an elder needs certain diabetic medications, or a child hasn't eaten for a few hours, or a baby... that can get very scary," Zadnik said."We've found governments to be reactive which of course affects us greatly.

A storm that roared through southwest Manitoba on Tuesday afternoon uprooted trees, pushed over some power poles and snapped others, and even knocked bricks off a building in one It was probably as intense a system as I've ever seen," said Harold Purkess, reeve for the Rural Municipality of Victoria.

Close to 3,200 Manitoba Hydro customers have been left without power following a summer storm that pummelled southern Manitoba with strong winds and In the Morden area , seven hydro poles have to be replaced and another 10 that need to be straightened out, said Hydro spokesman Scott Powell.

A number of highways in the southwest are still closed due to weather conditions.

'It takes time'

On Friday, Manitoba Hydro tweeted it wouldn't be able to provide estimated times for power restoration.

That's still the case Saturday, and Owen said timing depends on each scenario, including whether there's damage to a power line, whether a tree is involved, weather and road conditions.

"It takes time, not only to get there, but to do the work," he said.

For those who don't like the snow, a bit of a reprieve is coming.

"It should be moving on later today, if not already, but we still have to fix all the damage that it's left in its wake," Owen said.

He added Manitoba Hydro is fully capable of fixing the problems associated with the storm, the storm just hasn't let up to allow crews to attend to it all.

"We do have the staff available to do this, we do have the equipment, and we do have all the support people behind our field crews to make sure the trucks are gassed up," Owen said. "Our issue has been the weather."

Highway closures

Dozens of highways and roads throughout southern Manitoba to the U.S. border and the Saskatchewan border are closed to traffic due to poor winter driving conditions.

It's not known when they will reopen.

Some highways have been closed for over 24 hours.

a tree covered in snow: Trees weighed down by wet, heavy snow have fallen in the city, including in Winnipeg's Wildwood neighbourhood. © Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Trees weighed down by wet, heavy snow have fallen in the city, including in Winnipeg's Wildwood neighbourhood.

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Under 2,000 people are still in the dark while Manitoba Hydro works to repair the extensive damage to power infrastructure caused by last week's devastating storm.Most of those people are in the Ashern area — including the First Nation communities of Little Saskatchewan, Dauphin River, Lake St. Martin and Homebrook.

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