Canada Thousands of Manitobans without power cope with difficult conditions after storm
Manitoba First Nations can’t wait for formal emergency relief: Southern Chiefs
The Southern Chiefs Organization said Sunday that it's imploring Indigenous Services Canada to respond to the needs of these communities without waiting the standard 72 hours. "Not everyone lives in a major city like Winnipeg or Brandon, so there need to be appropriate measures and policies in place to help the people who need it most in a weather crisis," said SCO Grand Chief Jerry Daniels."People's crucial supplies are running out, and it is irresponsible to allow such a timeline rule to prevent public aid from being dispersed when it is needed."Canada has to do better.
It's been a record-shattering storm for power outages across the province according to Manitoba Hydro, and some Manitobans took the chance to flee their communities - when they could.
As of midnight on Friday 150,000 customers in the province were in the dark.
Jessica Swan was without power at her Dougald, Man. home for 24 hours so she decided to take the trip to Winnipeg with her four-year-old.
"There was no way to know when it was going to be back on. And I just decided I didn't want to wait around in a cold house with no water, food or heat or any way of preparing anything. So we decided to get to a hotel room," she said.
Woman found unconscious from carbon monoxide poisoning as Manitobans struggle without power after storm
Manitoba Hydro urges customers reeling from a snowstorm that's left them without electricity for days to keep fuel-burning equipment like heaters out of their homes after a woman was found unconscious in southern Manitoba.People stuck in homes with no power have resorted to bringing generators, patio heaters or barbecues inside for heating and cooking, but officials are warning against doing that because, said hydro spokesperson Bruce Owen, the equipment is not properly ventilated.
Swan is also nine months pregnant and didn't want to take any chances.
"That played into my decision too, especially with the way the weather was last night and the roads were bad. I thought if anything did happen it would have been safer to be in the city anyways."
Swan also had a power line down at her home but says crews came fairly quickly to fix it.
"The hydro workers, linesman, even emergency services -- they've been working 24/7 and I have nothing but respect and gratitude for the hard work they've been putting in," she said.
Manitoba Hydro hasn't been able to give estimates for power restoration times.
"It's extremely serious. This storm is unprecedented. This is the worst storm we've experienced at Hydro, ever," said Bruce Owen, media relations officer for Manitoba Hydro.
Fewer than 2,000 still in the dark after devastating Manitoba snowstorm
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.
"We've had more people without power in the last two days than ever before."
As of 11 a.m. Saturday, there were still 53,000 customers in Manitoba without power -- 8,000 in Portage la Prairie and just over 7,000 in Winnipeg.
"The challenge is getting into some of these areas because of all the rain we've had prior to this storm. Ditches are still full of water, fields are still wet. If we move equipment to this it will get stuck or under water and we can't allow that. So we need even more specialized vehicles," said Owen.
Some amazing footage from of storm-damaged transmission towers in the Portage area. We're moving crews and equipment into the area to repair.
— Manitoba Hydro (@manitobahydro)
In an effort to streamline calls and try and minimize wait times, hydro is asking customers to only call the contact centre in the event of a downed line or other emergency.
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