Power restored to Wakaw, Cudworth
The Towns of Wakaw, Cudworth and surrounding areas saw the lights come back on late Friday afternoon.
The town has had to deal with some of the longest outages in the province since this week's severe weather rolled through the province causing wide spread blackouts.
According to an earlier media release by Sask Power, there were 2300 customers across the province without power. Late Friday the crown said the remaining people would have power restored by night fall.
Friday morning Sask Power provided information on the current state of the province and a message for residents to continue conserving electricity.
“Our field staff continues to work around Prince Albert, Melfort, Tisdale, Yorkton, Melville, Sturgis and Canora areas where extensive tree damage caused by high winds have occurred,” explained Mike Marsh with Sask Power.
“We are currently receiving over 1,000 calls per hour to our outage center and we’re responding to these calls as quickly as we can across the province. As of midnight last night we have restored power to the transmission line that was affecting Wakaw, Cudworth and Humbolt areas. This line had been off since the early part of the storm on Monday night and was affecting several customers in those areas.”
He went on to say that crews have been working in extreme conditions and they have power restored to most major areas.
Now, they are dealing with outages from individual customers who may live at the end of a rural line, or those customers who live in heavily treed areas.
“Our crews will continue to work throughout the day and we’ll work to get all of these cleared up by nightfall tonight,” said Marsh.
“We do want to encourage everybody to stay away from downed power lines. Safety is always a priority… and we want to keep reinforcing that message throughout the day.”
Marsh also wants to remind residents to conserve energy wherever they can. In Prince Albert, the transmission of energy is still using a temporary method until the bypass line in place which will happen sometime in the next 24 hours.
“Everything is holding stable and we continue to monitor the situation carefully,” said Marsh.
“There may be the possibility or rotating outages during the day or into the evening tonight. But we’ll attempt to advise all of the communities that may be affected by this ahead of time so people have advance notice.”