The major power outage this week may have left some people with a little extra appreciation for electricity and heat as power came back on for most areas, but smaller outages continued for the next few days.
On Thursday around noon, another main transmission line went down affecting a large region including the communities of Melville, Grenfell, and Neudorf.
12:30 PM: Update1 Outage: A main transmission line is currently off. Areas affected: Grenfell, Melville, Neudorf and all surrounding towns and rurals. Crews are working on repairs. ETR: 2:00pm #skoutage
— SaskPower (@SaskPower) December 6, 2018
After the frost caused widespread and long-term outages for most of Tuesday, several communities had power flicker back off for a second day on Wednesday.
There is no break for SaskPower crews as they still have a lot of work to do dealing with lines that went down and making permanent repairs.
Our crews are working hard to safely make permanent repairs to all of the damage to our lines. We appreciate your patience and your support of our crews. #SkOutage #FeelingTheLove pic.twitter.com/Tih9m9mUse
— SaskPower (@SaskPower) December 5, 2018
“Oftentimes when we do see frost, the sun comes out at some point and burns it off, whereas this frost was allowed to really grow and grow,” explained Jordan Jackle, who handles communications for SaskPower.
He described this week as a unique weather situation, noting the frost was four to five inches in diameter in some places, contributing to the damage that caused the outage.
While frost continued to cause issues along power transmission lines, knocking out power to Moose Jaw and surrounding communities Wednesday, Jackle said he is optimistic.
“Looking at the weather forecast over the next couple of days and into the weekend there is a lot of sun in the forecast,” he said.
The sun is exactly what they need to melt the frost which is damaging power lines.
This was one of the biggest outages in Saskatchewan since 1981.
In terms of preventing wider scale power outages in the future, Jackle said extreme weather happens all the time in Saskatchewan, and they just have to deal with it.
In an interview with Gormley Wednesday, SaskPower CEO Mike Marsh said it may be necessary to look at the conditions the older power lines were designed to withstand and perhaps update some infrastructure in the future.
In addition to leaving people in the dark, the Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Plant also lost power several times, causing the City of Regina to issue a request for residents to conserve water.