October 7, 2012
Fall snowstorm leaves thousands in Manitoba without power
By Ross Romaniuk, QMI Agency
WINNIPEG -- Southeastern Manitoba is gradually recovering from a freak fall snowstorm.
A vast majority of approximately 2,900 rural, snow-battered properties remaining without electricity in the east and southeast on Saturday were expected to have their power back on by nighttime.
Manitoba Hydro has struggled to restore electricity to homes and businesses -- about 6,000, as of early Friday -- whose lights and heat had been knocked out by heavy, wet snow and strong wind that struck on Thursday.
"It's a difficult situation, but that was quite a storm that came through," Scott Powell, spokesman for the Crown hydro utility, told QMI Agency.
"In terms of an ice storm, I can't remember the last time something that bad has happened."
By Sunday, said Powell, only "some stragglers in more heavily damaged areas or on some of the isolated distribution lines" would likely not have their lights back on following repairs of poles, wires and other structures that had been broken and pulled down across the wide affected region.
Toppled trees and iced hydro-electric lines wreaked havoc from Sprague and Piney in the far southeast along the U.S. border, along a swath north from there through Vita, Steinbach and St. Pierre, all the way to Hadashville, Beausejour, Lac du Bonnet and even Victoria Beach, 255 km away.
"We're talking about a major restoration effort," Powell explained.