Storm Update: Boundary Dam Power Station

June 15, 2018

Storm clouds over the Boundary Dam power Station

UPDATE: 3:30 P.M. June 15

Power has been restored to most customers impacted by Thursday’s storm. Less than 100 customers remain without power at this point. Our crews are still working to repair pockets of damage along the path of the storm. We also continue to repair damaged transmission structures around Boundary Dam Power Station. We expect to complete those permanent repairs over the next few days.

It’s still important to let us know if you find damaged poles or downed lines. If you spot one, please stay at least 10 metres away. Power may still be flowing. Call it in at 310-2220 and we will get out to make it safe as soon as possible.

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We're working to restore power in southeast Saskatchewan.

A severe storm hit the Estevan area, causing flash flooding and damage to transmission structures around the Boundary Dam Power Station. We're still evaluating the extent of the damage and making repairs where we can. We have a helicopter patrol for larger lines, and crews continue to find downed poles and lines.

Our crews are working to get the power back on as quickly and safely as possible. We've fired up some of the coal units that tripped during the storm and are working to restore the others. Power has been restored in most areas, but while repairs are being done, we're rerouting power where possible to restore electricity to more customers. Current outages affect a few hundred customers.

Initial speculation was that the plant was on fire. That is not true. Steam is released when a coal unit trips and we believe that is what onlookers misinterpreted. It may have looked like the facility was on fire as all the stacks were billowing steam.

Damaged transmission line lying in field.

We’re still finding damaged poles and downed lines. If you spot one, please stay at least 10 metres away. Power may still be flowing. Call it in at 310-2220 and we will get out to make it safe as soon as possible.

For update on our progress and the restoration of service, we encourage you to use our online outage map.

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