SaskPower crews continue to work to restore power in Southwest Saskatchewan following a spring storm that damaged hundreds of power poles. Currently, 3,472 customers remain without power, however we anticipate the town of Maple Creek will be restored by 6 p.m.
Crews are also working to complete repairs to broken crossarms and poles to restore power to customers north and east of Maple Creek. Power may be restored to the main line feeding this area tonight, however some customers will be without power overnight regardless because of local issues.
Cypress Hills Provincial Park is still inaccessible because of adverse road conditions, and 70 poles are down in the general area. There is no ETR for this area and 800 or so customers in that area will remain without power overnight.
SaskPower has received numerous calls reporting downed power lines during the storm event and response. A power line that’s on the ground is dangerous. Always assume it’s live – even if it’s not sparking or making a sound. If you come across a downed or damaged line, stay back at least 10 metres (33 feet) and call SaskPower at 310-2220. In emergency situations — like a fire or a line down in a playground or across a highway call 911.
SaskPower wishes to thank all affected customers for their patience as we work to restore power. Crews are working as quickly as possible while ensuring the safety of themselves and the public.
For the latest information on the ongoing situation, please visit saskpower.com/outagemap or follow us on twitter @saskpower.