Wild Winter Weather Causes Outages Across Saskatchewan

January 14, 2021

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Update #8 - Jan. 16, 2021 4:45 pm

We're happy to report that as of 4:45 p.m. today, all known customers affected by the storm have now had their services restored.

Some customers may experience minor planned outages over the coming days as our crews continue to conduct repairs – check saskpower.com/outages for updates.

It’s possible that customers may still come across damaged infrastructure – should you find a downed line or damaged equipment, stay clear and call us at 310-2220 or 911 in an emergency.

If your power is still out, call our Outage Centre to report it. We'll dispatch crews to address the outage.

Once again, a huge thank you to our customers for your patience while our crews got the lights back on across the province. 

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Update #7 - Jan. 15, 2021 9 pm

Our technicians have been working tirelessly to restore service to the parts of the province hit by this week’s powerful storm, and as of 9 p.m., about 200 customers across the province remain without power. We hope to have power restored to most of these customers by 10 p.m. 

Weather conditions have improved, and SaskPower crews are working as quickly and safely as they can. It’s likely there will still be work and cleanup required throughout the weekend.

If your power is still out, or if you’re experiencing a new outage, you can let us know by calling 310-2220 or report online through SaskPower’s website and mobile app. We’ll keep sharing the latest information at saskpower.com/outages, or on Twitter @SaskPower.

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Update #6 - Jan. 15, 2021 5 pm

Repairs are continuing, with about 2,600 customers across the province without power, mostly in the Weyburn and Beechy areas. We hope to have power restored to most of these customers by 7 p.m. 

Weather conditions have improved, and SaskPower crews are working as quickly and safely as they can. It’s likely there will still be work and cleanup required throughout the weekend.

If your power is still out, or if you’re experiencing a new outage, you can let us know by calling 310-2220 or report through SaskPower’s website and mobile app. We’ll keep sharing the latest information at saskpower.com/outages, or on Twitter @SaskPower.

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Update #5 - Jan. 15, 2021 12 pm

The impact of the winter storm is still being felt, but the situation is getting better. As of 10 a.m. Jan. 15, there are about 4,000 customers being impacted by 177 outages across the province. 

Weather conditions have improved, and SaskPower crews are working as quickly and safely as they can to restore everyone’s power today. Thank you to our customers for their understanding and patience.

We’re still finding damage as a result of the storm, including downed lines and broken poles. Please stay clear if you see any damage.

If you see a downed power line, contact our 24-hour Outage Centre at 310-2220, or call 911 if it is an emergency. It is absolutely critical to stay away from any downed power lines. These may appear as if they are not conducting electricity, but they may still be live. If you spot one, stay at least 10 metres away.

Estimated time of restoration (ETRs) are not available for all outages; however, we do expect (these are subject to change):

  • Weyburn area: ETR noon
  • Kyle and Beechy area: ETR 2 p.m.

We’ll keep sharing the latest information at saskpower.com/outages, or on Twitter @SaskPower.

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Update #4 - Jan. 15, 2021 7 am

Weather conditions are improving this morning, and our crews expect to make great progress restoring power to the rest of our customers.

As of 5:30 a.m., there were 4,073 customers without power. Crews have gotten an early start and will work as quickly and safety as we can to get the power back on.

Throughout the day, we’ll keep sharing the latest information at saskpower.com/outages, or on Twitter @SaskPower.

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Update #3 - Jan. 14, 2021 10 pm

We're continuing to deal with severe weather throughout Saskatchewan. As of 10 p.m. Jan. 14, there are 16,000 customers being impacted by 384 outages across the province. The outage count has gone up since the last update. As larger outages are restored, they can reveal smaller, more localized outages that still need to be fixed. Our Outage Centre has taken over 72,000 calls since yesterday. 

Our crews pride themselves on doing their very best to get the power back on quickly for you. The challenging weather is continuing in some areas and it’s not safe for crews to continue working until conditions improve. We’ll continue to share new information as quickly as we can and have your power back on just as soon as we can.

The communities, and surrounding rural areas, that will be off overnight are:

  • Kyle
  • Sask Landing
  • Tyner
  • White Bear
  • Clearwater Lake
  • Beechy
  • Demaine
  • Prairie Lake Provincial Park
  • Halbrite
  • Bromhead
  • Ralph
  • Midale

Overnight winds may cause more downed lines. If you see a downed power line, contact our 24-hour Outage Centre at 310-2220, or call 911 if it is an emergency. It is absolutely critical to stay away from any downed power lines. These may appear as if they are not conducting electricity, but they may still be live. If you spot one, stay at least 10 metres away.

Impacted municipalities and residents are able to access Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency resources if needed.

Safety tips to remember:

  • If you’re using a generator, you need to use an installed transfer switch. Without a transfer switch, your generator may feed power back into the power lines, creating a serious hazard for our power line technicians working to restore power. 
  • Never operate a generator in a house, garage or enclosed building. Doing so will put you and your family at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • With the blowing and drifting snow, make sure your outdoor vents are clear. Keep flue vents and chimneys clear of debris and blockages.

We’ll continue to share the latest information at saskpower.com/outages, or on Twitter @SaskPower

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Update #2 - Jan. 14, 2021 6 pm

Challenging weather conditions continue across the province. As of 5 p.m., there are 37,000 customers being impacted by 321 outages across the province. Our Outage Centre has taken over 65,000 calls since yesterday.

Our crews are dealing with challenging conditions in some areas that are making repairs more difficult – including strong winds, blowing snow and reduced visibility for travel. Equipment such as bucket trucks can’t be used safely in extreme winds. In some areas our crews have to wait for wind conditions to improve so they can start their repairs.

It is likely the following areas will not have power restored until tomorrow due to excessive damage and unsafe conditions:

  • Saskatchewan Landing, Kyle, Lacadena and other rural areas south of Elrose.
  • Weyburn area (west of Halbrite, south of Radville, City of Weyburn). Some customers may be restored sooner, more information will be provided as available.
  • Smaller numbers of customers in rural areas near Carlyle, Stoughton, Hallenquist and south of Swift Current.

Areas without power that should be restored this evening:

  • Regina
  • Davidson
  • Nipawin
  • Kindersley rurals
  • Midale – ETR midnight

Most customers in Moose Jaw, Maple Creek, Assiniboia, Shaunavon, Saskatoon, Prince Albert, Yorkton and surrounding areas have been restored.

We’ll continue to share the latest information at saskpower.com/outages, or on Twitter @SaskPower

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Update #1 - Jan. 14, 2021 2:15 pm

A combination of high winds, rain and snow have caused widespread power outages across the province, impacting over 100,000 customers. As of noon on Jan. 14, more than 780 outages were reported and our Outage Centre had taken more than 54,000 calls. 

Environment Canada is expecting near-blizzard conditions and high winds throughout the day.  High winds can make lines lift and bounce, putting stress on poles and causing them to break. The weight of ice and snow buildup can bring lines down. Thank you for your patience as our crews work to restore power as quickly and safely as possible. 

Safety tips:

  • If you see a downed power line, contact our 24-hour Outage Centre at 310-2220, or call 911 if it is an emergency. It is absolutely critical to stay away from any downed power lines.
  • These may appear as if they are not conducting electricity, but they may still be live. If you spot one, stay at least 10 metres away.
  • If you’re using a generator, you need to use an installed transfer switch. Without a transfer switch, your generator may feed power back into the power lines, creating a serious hazard for our power line technicians working to restore power. 
  • Never operate a generator in a house, garage or enclosed building. Doing so will put you and your family at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • With the blowing and drifting snow, make sure your outdoor vents are clear. Keep flue vents and chimneys clear of debris and blockages.

The latest outage information will be available at saskpower.com/outages, or on Twitter @SaskPower. We'll also provide updates here as soon as new information becomes available.

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