Power out for many southeastern Saskatchewan residents

Another April snowstorm caused a power outage affecting hundreds of thousands of customers in the southeast overnight.

Late Saturday night, SaskPower said on Twitter that updates on estimated times to restore power will be provided when crews are able to assess damage.

Hazardous wind conditions caused crews to stand down overnight into Sunday morning.

Saskpower released a statement late Sunday morning:

“SaskPower crews are currently conducting a comprehensive damage assessment following a powerful spring storm that hit the province’s southeast corner. High winds and precipitation have caused significant damage in the region, knocking power out to customers from as far southeast as the US-Manitoba border and as far north as the Broadview area. As of 7:30 a.m., 24,460 customers are without power,” it read.
“Road conditions and high wind gust speeds are slowing restoration efforts, as work can only be completed when its safe to do so. Crews, equipment, and materials are on standby in a number of areas to begin assessing damage once conditions improve enough to have crews deployed safely. Additional crews are en route from neighbouring districts to assist with the restoration.”
“Several larger transmission lines have sustained damage, causing widespread outages in the region. SaskPower will be utilizing helicopter patrols to conduct an aerial assessment of the damage.”

Game 2 of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League final in Estevan was delayed last night due to a pair of power outages, but the game eventually got in, with the Bruins winning 2-0 to take a 2-0 series lead.

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