Crew working to restore power
WINNIPEG—Manitoba Hydro crews were working to restore power to thousands of people in southeastern Manitoba after an early snowstorm downed trees and power lines.
Scott Powell of Manitoba Hydro said more than 4,600 customers were without power in the Piney, Vita, and St. Pierre areas and throughout the Whiteshell, Pointe du Bois, Bird Lake, Falcon Lake, Hadashville, and West Hawk Lake regions.
Some people had been without electricity since noon yesterday.
About a dozen people in the small village of Sundown were being moved to Vita for food and warmth.
Jim Swidersky, reeve for the rural municipality of Stuartburn, said residents were being transported in a school bus.
Earlier this week, residents in Vita and Ross were forced from their homes due to wildfires.
Hydro crews will have to replace more than 125 power poles in the southeast, Powell noted.
All the damage is weather related, he said, with up to seven cm of ice on some lines.
“All of our available resources, field crews, are heading into the area,” Powell added.
“We have extra crews coming in from the Interlake, Brandon, Winnipeg, construction crews, line maintenance crews, pole crews, so we’re putting our maximum available resources into the area to assist our local staff with restoration efforts,” he stressed.
Powell asked people to be patient as crews were doing their best to get the situation resolved.
RCMP advised against travel in the Steinbach area, saying roads were snow-covered and visibility was poor.
Brad Milne of Manitoba Infrastructure said there was a travel advisory for the Trans-Canada Highway east of Highway 12.
He said blowing snow was making it especially treacherous near the Ontario boundary.
There also were reports of vehicles in ditches along the westbound lanes of Highway 1 near Prawda.
Environment Canada was forecasting the snow would taper off by noon, but the wind was expected to remain strong.