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Spring storm in southeast Sask. causes outages from damaged power lines and poles

Several communities in southeast Saskatchewan are still without power as the recent spring storm knocked out power lines and poles. Photo Courtesy: Town of Maple Creek

Several areas in the southeastern corner of Saskatchewan are still without power since a recent spring snowstorm that took down many power poles and lines.

A total of 24,460 SaskPower customers were without power as of early Sunday morning following a spring storm.

Read more: Over 24K customers without power following storm in southern Saskatchewan

Scott McGregor, SaskPower media relations, said the type of damage they are seeing are downed lines, broken poles and damaged cross arms. SaskPower crews from different towns and cities pitched in to help restore power and to repair the damage caused by gusting winds and heavy, wet snow.

“We brought in crews from different districts from Swift Current, North Battleford, Regina, Saskatoon, Melville, Yorkton and Weyburn,” said McGregor. “We have about 180 workers working on restoring power to the areas and that’s spread across 35 different crews.”

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The Colorado Low moved in Saturday to southeast of Saskatchewan where there was heavy and wet snow with gusting winds.

“High winds and precipitation have caused widespread damage,” according to SaskPower’s website.

Areas such as Estevan, Carlyle, Moosomin and Redvers are affected by the power outage and there is no estimated time of repairs.

“It’s a situation that we’re preparing for another night and if we don’t get another night of power outages, that’s a bonus,” said Redvers Mayor Brad Bulbuck.

Read more: Southeastern Sask. to be hit with another major spring snow storm

SaskTel stated that its customers are still experiencing service outages in a number of communities in southeast Saskatchewan due to power outages caused by the storm.

“Some communities have limited services at this time, and we anticipate more services may fail as back up battery power depletes if commercial power is not restored,” according to SaskTel PSA. “SaskTel crews are working to restore services as quickly as possible, however there currently is no estimated time of repair. Additionally, all services may not be restored until commercial power is fully restored.”

For updated information about outages, visit SaskPower’s Twitter page or SaskPower’s website.

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