|Norman Wells, N.W.T., is seen from the air in this file photo. (Wikimedia Commons/mattcatpurple/HO)
The town of Norman Wells, N.W.T., declared a state of emergency Monday after an early morning power outage caused an interruption to the town's natural gas service as the temperatures dip below -40 C.
At about 3 a.m. local time, the Imperial Oil oilfield in Norman Wells experienced a power outage that affected the company's oil field operations as well as its processing facility, which also provides electricity and natural-gas service for the town, company spokesman Pius Rolheiser said.
The company is working to restart its field and plant facilities, but in the meantime, the town is operating on a backup electrical generator.
Most residences in the town are heated by natural gas, though essential-service buildings, including the school and hospital, use heating oil.
The town has designated places in town where people can go if they get cold.
At 1 p.m. local time, the temperature in Norman Wells was -41 C, according to Environment Canada.