Mother Nature Is Having Her Way With Us!

Environment, Power Outage Updates, Reliability

Jul 03, 2013  Comment

Between high winds and forest fires, this has been an extremely busy week for our crews. Unfortunately it has also resulted in some power outages. Here's what's been happening:

1. This past Sunday, there was an outage to customers in Faro, Carmacks, Elsa, Keno, and small communities between Carmacks and Faro including Drury Creek and Little Salmon. There was a forest fire that went through a section of our Faro-Carmacks line, and when we inspected the line, we found some fire damaged transmission structures. While we were able to restore power to most areas quickly using backup diesels, the road between Faro and Carmacks was closed because of the forest fire, so Drury Creek and Little Salmon remained without electricity until the road was re-opened. We were able to replace our damaged poles yesterday.

2. While this pole replacement work was going on yesterday, high winds in the town of Mayo knocked down some trees in the village. Power went out for Mayo residents at about 3:30 yesterday afternoon and was restored by 7:30 last night.

3. At the same time, winds knocked down some trees on one of our main lines behind Riverdale in Whitehorse and started a small fire. Power was lost to parts of Whitehorse, Dawson, Haines Junction, the Minto and Alexco mines at about 5 o'clock yesterday. Everyone was restored by about 7 o'clock last night.

4. There is another forest fire that we are closely watching that is burning about 10 kilometres northwest of our Aishihik hydro plant. We have installed a sprinkler system around the perimeter of our property and it is ready to be turned on should we need it. We continue to monitor the situation closely.

If you've lost power this week, we sincerely apologize, but please understand that our staff is working incredibly hard to deal with everything that Mother Nature has sent our way. 


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