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Power restored after ice on hydro lines caused widespread outages

Icy hydro lines caused power-outage problems in several parts of Manitoba, leaving thousands of people in the dark Sunday and into Monday.
Ice from freezing rain on the weekend was causing power outages as well as driving challenges on Monday. (Tyson Koschik/CBC)

Power is now restored after icy hydro lines caused outages in several parts of Manitoba, leaving thousands of people in the dark Sunday and into Monday.​

About 2,300 customers in Woodlands, Warren, St. Laurent and Lundar were without power Monday, as well as 200-300 customers in the Crestview and St. Charles areas of Winnipeg.

St. Laurent School cancelled classes for Monday as a result of the situation.

The power was restored in most of those areas by 10 a.m., except for a few customers in Woodlands and the western Interlake. It was closer to noon until power in the latter two areas came back on. 

Power outages also swept through parts Headingley and west Winnipeg Sunday night — as well as some pockets around Anola and Dugald — impacting about 3,700 customers.

The problems all started at about 7:30 p.m. as freezing rain hit the province. Power in the Headingley and Winnipeg areas was restored just before 1 a.m. Monday.