West Side Residents Without Power For 9 Hours

Monday, June 16, 2003 at 13:31




The residents of several communities in the province’s northwest spent the better part of Saturday without electricity.


SaskPower spokesman Larry Christie says about 8-thousand customers lost service for approximately 9 hours after a tree came in contact with a main power line that feeds Meadow Lake and the northwest.


The tree was blown onto the line in the Glaslyn area during a late morning storm.


Christie says the length of the delay was extended because the line was in an area that was hard to reach.


Power was restored just after 7 o’clock Saturday night in Meadow Lake and shortly after 8 o’clock in the Buffalo Narrows and Beauval regions.


Northwest Saskatchewan has been plagued by extended power outages for years, and SaskPower is still making upgrades to the main transmission line for the region to reduce the frequency of those outages. But Christie says a new line won’t prevent the type of power outage that happened on Saturday.