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Manitoba Premier preparing to declare state of emergency after snow storm

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WATCH: Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister said Friday he's in the process of declaring a state of emergency after a record-breaking storm left thousands without power.

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says he is in the process of declaring a state of emergency following a request from Manitoba Hydro.

Hydro says by declaring a state of emergency, more funds will be available to assist crews in restoring power.

READ MORE: The cleanup begins: Power slowly being restored, Manitobans begin to dig out after record-breaking snowstorm

A record-breaking storm has left thousands of Manitobans without power. The latest numbers show more than 53,000 people remain without power.

“We want to empower Manitoba Hydro,” Pallister said in a last-minute press conference Saturday evening.

Many people in the province have been without power for more than two days.

READ MORE: Entire city of Portage la Prairie without power; citizens asked not to flush toilets

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“We have major work underway,” said Pallister.

“We have workers out there working their tails off. We have them putting themselves in less-than-ideal situations to assist us.”

When asked by a Global News reporter on how soon a state of emergency will be declared, Pallister said the sooner the press conference was finished, the sooner the process to declare it begins.