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Canada Thousands face evacuations as Manitoba calls state of emergency after snowstorm downs power lines

02:50  14 october  2019
02:50  14 october  2019 Source:   cbc.ca

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As many as 5,000 people may be evacuated from First Nations communities as Manitoba reels from a snowstorm that left tens of thousands of people without power at a time — including the entire city of Portage la Prairie — and forced the province and capital city to declare states of emergencies.

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Officials say it will take days to restore power in some of the areas hardest hit by an storm that snapped trees and hundreds of hydro poles.

"In some areas, we have more lines and poles down than standing," Jay Grewal, presiden

t and CEO of Manitoba Hydro, said in a media conference alongside Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister Sunday afternoon.

First Nations leaders are predicting around 5,000 people may need to be evacuated from communities without power, Indigenous Affairs Minister Eileen Clarke said.

The province declared a state of emergency on Sunday to give Manitoba Hydro the means to ask power utilities in Saskatchewan, Ontario and Minnesota for their help restoring services.

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The City of Winnipeg ordered a state of emergency itself hours later to access the resources to recover from a storm it estimated would cost the city tens of millions of dollars.

"We're working as hard as we can and as fast as we can to get safe, reliable power back to all Manitobans," Grewal said.

The public utility had no estimate for when lights would be flicked on for more than 30,000 residences and businesses without power Sunday afternoon.

The early snowstorm brought heavy snow, freezing rain and strong winds to the southern parts of the province, breaking trees still laden with leaves and downing power lines. Thousands of people have been without power since Friday.

Meanwhile, the federal government and Canadian Red Cross is supporting the evacuations of 16 First Nations communities, predominantly in Winnipeg, but also in Brandon and Dauphin.

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Volunteers have been busy making an emergency shelter at the RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg for as many as 1,000 evacuees. They would set up more cots if needed, said spokesperson Jason Small.

On the ground, Manitoba Hydro staff are working as long as 16 hours a day to fix a power network marred by a storm that was worse than expected, Grewal said.

Hydro has called other utilities to provide replacement towers, specialized electrical equipment and additional staff, she said.

"It is challenging to replace transmission towers. We are fortunate, though, that the utilities we're working with have equipment and we're already sourcing towers from our suppliers in Ontario," Grewal said.

Many of the roads that staff have encountered are impassable.

"The challenge is the logistics to get that equipment to the locations we need given the limited access. That's our primary issue is access."

Thousands evacuated

Clarke said between 14 and 16 First Nations are affected by power outages and bad weather. Of the roughly 15,000 people in those communities, around 5,000 people will probably be evacuated.

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"Chiefs are also telling me their families, their people are scared, they're stressed," she said. "It's very difficult for the leadership and the First Nations to deal with this. They're struggling to make sure their people are safe."

The premier said the province has deployed around 200 pieces of heavy equipment, including private contractors, to clear roads and highways, but the progress has been slow because of drifting snow.

At the peak of the storm, roughly 2,700 kilometres of road were closed, Pallister said. He expects the majority of highways to reopen by the end of the day Sunday.

He said there's relief in sight, with no rain expected in the coming days and temperatures that are just above freezing.

"This means gradual melting and will reduce overland flooding potential in some parts of the province where we have seen significant rainfall and snowfall," he said.

Pallister added that rivers are expected to stay within their banks and they are deploying water-filled barriers as a precaution to protect vulnerable homes.

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