Tens of thousands of people were left without power Tuesday in Regina and many other places across Saskatchewan as kids were sent home from schools, employees were sent home from work and businesses were closed.
In Regina, the lights went out just before 9 a.m in many parts of the city although some did escape unscathed and went through the normal routine of the day, but many other parts of the city were left in the dark. It wasn’t until late afternoon that the all-clear was given in the Queen City by SaskPower.
5:32 PM: Repairs have been completed and power restored in the City of Regina. Thank you for your patience. #skoutage
— SaskPower (@SaskPower) December 4, 2018
What exactly happened to cause the outage is not yet known, but Premier Scott Moe did say in the Legislature that the Boundary, Shand and Poplar River power stations all tripped. Whether or not that was caused by frost that has caused chaos for the company over the past few days is also not known.
As of Tuesday night, there were still some parts of the province that did not have power, but SaskPower spokesperson Jordan Jackle says crews will be working through the night but that high winds in the forecast Tuesday night and Wednesday morning could complicate things.
As for the scope of the outage, Jackle says other places without power included Moose Jaw, Swift Current, Estevan, Weyburn, Humboldt, Rosthern and Wynyard.
The latest information on what places are still without power can be found here
(With files from Drew Postey and David Boles)