Nearly 1,000 electrical workers responded to Tuesday’s massive power outage according to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. The outage was called in at about 9:00am and saw most of the south eastern and central parts of Saskatchewan in the dark until 10:30pm.
Jason Tibbs with IBEW Local 267 says repair work is now being done on the power lines and transmitters that were damaged in yesterday’s massive power outage. “Any structural damage could be repaired soon or could be held off until later time once they’ve went through and determined what the level of damage was.” Tibbs says some distribution repairs could be going on for the next few weeks because they still don’t know the extent of the damage done by the rime frost across the entire system.
Tibbs says this is one of the most significant outages in recent history with close to 250,000 customers without power and 45,000 outage calls into the customer care centre since 9:00am Tuesday. “More specific because of the time of the year. We have had large outages in the summer when storms have rolled through, but we have a greater ability to adapt in the summer. The most similar one we would have had with similar conditions is when we lost poplar river one and two and I think it was in about 2010.”