It’s all hands on deck as SaskPower and the provincial government are being proactive to ensure power is restored and people are safe.
SaskPower spokesman Jordan Jackle says the power was knocked out at approximately 9 o’clock this morning for about 30 minutes in areas including Foam Lake, Esterhazy, Wadena, and Yorkton.
The outages in the Yorkton area, Jackle says, were due mainly to frost on transmission lines.
The outage also extended to the U.S. border as well as the Manitoba border.
In the southeast, all 4 units of the Boundary Dam Power Station, the Shand Power Station and the Poplar River Power Station all tripped.
Jackle says crews are in the assessment stage, which means “we’re out in the field with hundreds of employees at SaskPower working to address this issue. We are in the sky and on the ground looking to see what sort of damage might have been caused to our equipment out there and really narrow down the cause of this.”
“That’s one thing that we don’t have is an exact cause; we do know that it was a widespread outage.” he added.
SaskPower cautions there will still be some pockets with no electricity, and also possibly more sporadic outages.
While crews continue to address the situation, Jackle urges people to not go near down or sagging power lines.
“Although it may not look like it is actually conducting electricity, there is a possiblity that it indeed is. Every line that you see out there, any damage to our equipment should be treated as though it is live.” he said.
If you see a downed line, call the outage centre at 310-2220 or 911 if it is an emergency.
Meantime in the Saskatchewan Legislature, Premier Scott Moe said the government has enacted its emergency measures protocol and is working with communities to ensure residents are safe.
“The Ministry of Health is contacting all health facilities in affected areas to ensure our hospitals and long term care facilities have sufficient backup generation capacity.
Our Ministry of Government Relations is contacting affected communities to discuss plans for setting up emergency shelters, if necessary, in community facilities with access to power generation.” Moe stated.