Power back on in Tuktoyaktuk after 24-hour outage

The power was out for nearly 24 hours in Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T., after high winds knocked out the electricity then prevented crews from flying in to fix it.

High winds knocked out electricity, prevented repair crew from flying in

Power has been restored in Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T., after an outage that lasted nearly 24 hours.

High winds knocked out the electricity around 9 a.m. Sunday, then prevented a crew from flying in to fix it.

Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T., Mayor Merven Gruben says more summer maintenance may help to prevent winter power outages in the community. (CBC)

"The winds came up pretty quick, knocked the power out and then they couldn't get a plane in till late because of the turbulence," said Mayor MervenGruben.

He says winds gusted up to 85 km/h.

"The high winds are not usually the problem, it's usually the infrastructure, the lighting and everything," he said.

"We've have worse storms than this before and no problems with the electricity and the power staying on. It's just summertime they should be doing more maintenance and up keeping the stuff before the long winters." 

Gruben says the temperature during the power outage was -2C. On Monday morning, then the temperature dropped to -25C. 

He said the community hall was on standby to act as an emergency shelter if needed.   

Power was fully restored in the community by 7 a.m. Monday.

Gruben says no damage was reported.

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