Lights back on in downtown Winnipeg

Traffic lights and street lights across downtown Winnipeg went out at 7 p.m.

Outage that spanned to West Broadway lasted nearly an hour

Cars were left navigating by headlights on Balmoral Street just south of St Mary Avenue after a planned power outage knocked street and traffic lights out at 7 p.m. Thursday. (Trevor Brine/CBC)

The lights went out across downtown Winnipeg just after 7 p.m. Thursday, but were back on by 8:10 p.m. 

Manitoba Hydro said in an email to CBC that the outage was planned. It was supposed to take place from 5-5:30 p.m. but was delayed to 7 p.m. and then 7:15 p.m. 

The outage affected street lights and traffic lights as well as homes and businesses. 

More than 2,800 customers across downtown and West Broadway were affected. 

In an email to CBC, a Hydro spokesperson said in addition to being posted to Twitter, information about the outage was also shared via Facebook. 

"It was an emergency outage scheduled to repair damaged equipment to avoid a sudden longer outage," said Shawna Zeilstra.