Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
Posted: 04/1/2013 8:19 AM | Comments: 0
Thousands of Winnipeggers were forced to put their Easter dinners on hold as a massive power outage hit East Kildonan, West Kildonan, Garden City and parts of River East early Sunday morning. Two pole-top fires on Aberdeen Avenue caused the outage to 8,000 homes.
Power came back on at 12:45 Sunday afternoon.
Hydro spokesperson Athony Koop said Monday two poles were damaged beyond repair and new poles had to be set.
There were five pole-top fires within an hour in Winnipeg, Koop said. The fires are caused by a buildup sand and dirt from winter roads, mixed with moisture from a weekend snow. The combination can cause electricity to arc and create fires.
While Koop said the fires are not unusual, having five at a time is "extraordinary."
Rain would help clean off the muck, he said.
There’s good news for Hydro in the forecast, with showers predicted for Wednesday.
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