It was not the day many of us were expecting (or hoping) to have this time of year as thousands were left without power around 9 a.m. this morning. At the time we didn’t think about it too much, chalking it up to just a power blip. However as the minutes turned into an hour then into another hour many of us started to really take this outage seriously. Work places told their staff to go home, signs went up indicating businesses were closed, parking lots shut down, restaurants closed their doors, and temperatures in homes began to drop.
It’s easy to get frustrated with it all, but we have to remember it’s just as frustrating to those who provide and maintain electrical services, specifically Sask Power. According to their 3 p.m. update, power units at Boundary Dam, Shand, and Poplar River stations tripped off causing the outage. Frost on the lines certainly did not help the situation either. These things simply happen. Like all of us humans, mechanical machines aren’t perfect either and repairs have to happen occasionally. In Regina we were fortunate to have power returned to our homes relatively quickly, however many in rural areas aren’t so lucky and may still be experiencing no power.
No doubt crews will be working diligently tonight to restore power, to ensure we have warm homes, to make tomorrow a little brighter for those opening their shops and restaurants to the public once again. Remember, power crews also have warm homes, families, and friends they want to get back to as soon as possible. So, thank you to all the front line crews at Sask Power for reigniting the heat in our homes on a cold winter night.
Remember, downed power lines may still be live. Stay away from them and call 310-2220.
(Pictured: After several cold hours it was nice seeing the furnace running when I got home)