The full extent of the series of storms that struck the province is becoming clearer as SaskPower reports thousands of trees were downed by high winds — many of them in eastern Saskatchewan.
Efforts are currently underway trying to get a large number of homes in the Cudworth, Humboldt and Wakaw areas back on line.
A transmission line had been set up in that area last night, but failed this morning — leaving many homes in the area once again without power.
Crews are attempting to get it re-energized this afternoon.
SaskPower says there are approximately 2,300 customers still without power, and they are mainly rural customers.
Vice-president Mike Marsh says, to his knowledge, all First Nations communities should have power — but he acknowledges there could be some customers living near the end of a power line that don’t.
Marsh adds the line sending electricity through Prince Albert is temporary, though, and there is a chance rotating outages could occur over the next 24 hours.
He adds people in La Ronge could also experience rotating outages:
“Everything is holding stable, and we continue to monitor the situation carefully. There may be the possibility of rotating outages during the day or into the evening tonight. But we will attempt to advise all the communities that may be affected by this ahead of time, so that people have advance notice.”
Marsh says the utility expects the threat of rotating outages to stop sometime tomorrow.
He also anticipates many of the boil water advisories that were put in place to be lifted soon.
SaskPower is hopeful it can restore power to all of its customers by tonight.