Manitoba

Power restored for most of 9,000 customers affected by outage in Southdale, St. Vital areas

Power has been restored to most of the 9,000 homes and businesses in Winnipeg's Southdale and St. Vital neighbourhoods affected by an outage Saturday that was caused by a downed distribution line.

Full restoration expected by 5:30 p.m.

Manitoba Hydro says this burned conductor is to blame for a large outage affecting Southdale. (Submitted by Manitoba Hydro)

Power has been restored to most of the 9,000 homes and businesses in Winnipeg's Southdale and St. Vital neighbourhoods affected by an outage Saturday.

Manitoba Hydro says power has been restored to almost 80 per cent of affected customers after crews managed to access a downed distribution line and repair the connection. The rest should have service back by 5:30 p.m., Hydro said in a tweet. 

On Saturday morning, spokesperson Shawna Zeilstra said the outage was caused by a burned conductor on the power line, near Edgemont Drive in Southdale. 

Colleen Osborne-Prokop said she heard a boom and the power went out, so she went outside and saw sparks. 

Watch sparks fly in a field behind Edgemont Drive: 

But it's in a field where there's a tremendous amount of snow, so the crews couldn't just drive in and access it, Zeilstra  said.

"They need to do some snow removal to get to the line." 

Allan Lau and his family also live near the site of the outage. He said around 11:30 a.m., he looked out the window and saw the fire. They called 911, but crews were already in their back yard. 

"At first we were wondering how long the power is gonna be out. But then they said probably around six hours. So hopefully I'll be a little bit sooner, but we should be OK." 

A map showing the affected area as of 1:45 p.m. (Submitted by Manitoba Hydro)

Zeilstra encourages people to follow @ManitobaHydro on Twitter for the latest information. 

Some residents whose power has been restored might experience brief outages as connections are switched, said Hydro.