Power has been restored to some southeastern Saskatchewan homes on Wednesday after a recent spring snow storm took down lines and snapped power poles like toothpicks.
However, some will have to wait a little longer for their power to come back as work continues.
Scott McGregor, who is part of SaskPower’s media relations team, said that power was restored for 1,100 people in the area on Tuesday night and another 300 people will have their lights back on by Wednesday night.
He noted how about 10 people will continue to remain in the dark until crews bring power back up for them. Affected areas include Carlyle, Estevan, Moosomin and Carnduff.
McGregor added that these are estimated numbers and things might change as crews continue working in wet and muddy conditions.
A total of 1,482 people were without power Monday night.
For those without power until Thursday, SaskPower said it will find out estimated times to restore and provide customers with any updates available.
McGregor 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.”
A comprehensive damage assessment was completed on Monday, according to SaskPower. Around 1,300 incidents of damage were identified.
To compare, the storm that hit the Maple Creek area earlier this month resulted in approximately 300 incidents of damage.
“High winds and precipitation have caused widespread damage,” according to SaskPower’s website.