For homeless people in Regina, the freezing weather becomes an urgent crisis, but no matter what time of day, Mobile Crisis is just a phone call away to help.
Bronwyn Wyatt is a team leader at Mobile Crisis who supervises front-line workers. They man the phones 24-hours a day, seven days a week to help people at risk from the extreme cold.
“If someone sees someone who is sleeping in a bus shelter or needing a place to stay for the night, they can always call us,” she said.
The combination of frigid temperatures and shorter daylight hours have pushed people in Saskatchewan to chew up a record amount of power.
The record peak load was reached Sunday night at 3,583 megawatts, breaking the previous record of 3,543 megawatts set last December.
According to a news release, SaskPower has added approximately 7,800 new residential, commercial and industrial customers since the end of 2013.
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Cold weather caused problems in Saskatoon on Tuesday.
With 2015 not even a week old, a pair of water main breaks kept crews busy.
The first happened early in the morning at the Place Riel Student Centre on the University of Saskatchewan campus.
Students getting off the bus near the building found themselves having to take a detour to get in out of the cold as the main doors were blocked off.
Temperatures dipping close to -30 C led to a new natural gas consumption record in Saskatchewan Sunday night.
In a 24-hour period between Sunday and Monday, SaskEnergy said they delivered 1.27 million GigaJoules of gas to customers. That edges out the old record of 1.24 million GigaJoules set in December of 2013.
Part of it has to do with growth. SaskEnergy said more than 7,300 new customers were added to the grid since the old record was set.
With dipping temperatures and frigid winds, people in Saskatoon continue to find ways to deal with the chill.
Bundled in layers with only her eyes showing through, Dayna Firby worked through the cold at the Co-op gas station in Stonebridge.
"I'm bundled up pretty good (with) about four or five layers of pants; a few layers of tops with a jacket; then mitts; a toque and ear warmers. It's a lot of stuff but it helps," she said with a laugh.
"We have had worse. Last year was - 60 C and we were still out here pumping gas."
Frigid temperatures are bringing in a lot of extra business to tow truck companies and auto repair shops in Saskatchewan this week.
Between midnight and noon on Monday, CAA Saskatchewan had 620 calls for roadside assistance across the province. Most of those calls were for battery boosts and replacing batteries, along with tows.
Jody Deagle is the front desk manager at Rochdale Auto Pro in Regina. The shop was packed with cars, trucks and SUVs Monday morning that wouldn’t start in the cold.
As students head back to school following the Christmas break, here are a few school buses that will not be running Monday morning.
Prairie South School Division
- Glentworth #4
- Mankota #2
- Lindale #18
South East Cornerstone School Division
Buses to the Nakoda Oyate Education Center on the Carry the Kettle First Nation not running.
With wind chills around -40 C on Sunday, many people stayed inside their warm homes. But not everyone can easily avoid the cold.
At the Salvation Army's Waterston Centre in downtown Regina, almost all of their 52 beds in the all-male emergency shelter were taken.
Ashlea Hubick works at the front desk of the centre. She is the first to see the homeless come through the doors and try to brush off the the cold.
A never-ending stream of trucks were unloading piles of snow at Regina's snow storage site on Saturday.
Following Friday's heavy snowfall, people across the province are preparing for a deep freeze.
"We had a low pressure system track well to the south and brought some northerly winds in behind," Environment Canada meteorologist David Baggaley said, adding Saskatoon received 11 centimetres of snow and Regina received nine centimetres on Friday.
"There is an arctic ridge of high pressure building in from the Yukon and that's just dragging down some very, very cold air from the north."