Early Snowfall Disrupts Power Supply

Friday, September 10, 2004 at 14:55



Some heavy snow that fell between Waskesiu and Weyakwin last night played havoc with both highway travel and power in the region.


The RCMP issued a travel advisory last night because of the slushy conditions along sections of Highway 2.


That advisory has since been lifted as crews have cleared the road of the snow and salted the area, as well.


The wet snow is also believed responsible for two power outages that affected La Ronge and several other communities along Highway 2 last night.


SaskPower spokesman Larry Christie says a fallen branch on a power line was the source of an extended power outage in the Weyakwin area.


Power in Weyakwin went down at about 5:30 last night and was only restored at about 5:00 this morning.


Meanwhile, residents of communities from La Ronge all the way to Southend were in the dark for about an hour and a half early last night.


Christie says the heavy snow further south caused some arcing on the main transmission line to those communities, which shut the system down.