Not yesterday. Evans and I were hunkered down just getting the Flea Market rolling when our power went down. At our station that’s not a major problem. We have a back up system and aside from things being a little darker than we might be used to, it is business as usual around here when it comes to broadcasting.
By the time we started the show we were getting reports of power being out not only in the city, but around the province as well. This power outage appeared to be a big one and the hope of a quick fix didn’t seem likely. On my way home the entire Rosemont Shopping Centre was dark. Doors were closed and locked and the parking lot was empty, which wasn’t exactly convenient, seeing as I had some shopping to do.
Fortunately, 15 minutes after I got home our power came back to life, so I headed back over to the grocery store to grab what I needed before things took another turn for the worse.
About noon I got a call from my wife to pick up our granddaughter from school. With little hope of getting power back anytime soon, schools were sending kids home. So, it was off to school to pick Kelcey up and bring her home for an afternoon with papa.
When it was time to take Kelcey home I drove by the Rosemont Shopping Centre, which looked exactly the same as it did when I made my way home at 11. The power had gone off again and the stores were closed and the parking lot was empty. I’m glad I made it over there when I did. I can only imagine how much money yesterday’s power outage cost all of those businesses, not to mention the rest of the businesses around the city. There wasn’t much money flowing through the registers yesterday.
That’s the first time I’ve seen something like that happen. Obviously, SaskPower has some things to figure out with it’s power grid. A little frost shouldn’t be knocking power out to so many customers. If that’s the case, SaskPower has some work to do!
Thank you to all of the hard working SaskPower employees who got most of us back up and running. I bet it was quite the scramble and I imagine there are many more out there still working while I write this blog in the wee hours of the morning!
Job well done!