Manitoba Hydro says it expects to have 90 per cent of people who lost power Thursday to have their electricity service restored by the end of Saturday.

Communities across southeast Manitoba have been without power due to a storm that dumped wet and heavy snow Thursday.

The storm knocked down power lines, affecting several thousand people in rural communities.

On Saturday, the loss of power was still affecting many areas in the rural municipalities of Stuartburn and Piney.

Manitoba Hydro spokesman Scott Powell  said repair work has been a tough slog for crews contending with snow, ice and downed trees.  

"We're finding more and more damage as our crews go out and do their repairs," Powell said. "So I can sympathize with people, I know it's a tough situation, particularly on the long weekend."

It was estimated, later Saturday afternoon, that about 2,100 Manitoba Hydro customers were still without power, although the number was changing as the company said crews were still tending to distribution lines.

In the rural municipality of Stuartburn locals noted that power was coming back, in some parts of the area.

The Reeve, Jim Swidersky, said assistance for people facing another night in the dark was available, thanks to donated generators from people in nearby Altona.

Officials were also advising anyone still without power to contact Manitoba Hydro, if they haven't done so already, to help the company coordinate its repair work.

Hydro said repairs to lines in areas near West Hawk and Falcon Lake, and in some parts of the RM of Piney, were still proving to be difficult.