Power was restored to 340 Manitoba Hydro customers in Winnipeg's St. Vital neighbourhood early Friday — more than 12 hours after a contractor knocked out a cable line.

Hydro had initially hoped to fix the outage by 11 p.m., but crews had to excavate to reach the line, which took several hours. 

The affected area was bounded by Dakota Street to the east, Paddington Road to the west, Burland Avenue to the north and the Perimeter Highway to the south.

A contractor hit a 12,000 volt feeder cable near Aldgate Road and Scammel Road around 1:45 p.m. Thursday. The damage initially caused 1,400 St. Vital customers to lose power.

Hydro crews restored power to 1,060 of them by 4:30 p.m. by routing their power from another source.