Manitoba

Power outages sweep across several Winnipeg neighbourhoods

A number of Winnipeg neighbourhoods were darker than usual on Wednesday morning after three major power outages.

Thousands of customers left in dark but crews working to restore power, Hydro says

The morning rush hour was slowed at many locations in Winnipeg on Wednesday as traffic lights were affected by power outages. (Trevor Brine/CBC)

A number of Winnipeg neighbourhoods were darker than usual on Wednesday morning after three major power outages.

Police are directing traffic at a number of major intersections.

Manitoba Hydro spokesperson Bruce Owen said it began around midnight with a pole-top fire affecting several hundred customers in the Taylor Avenue area of south River Heights.

Around the same time, a downed power line cut electricity to about 400 customers in Transcona as well as the Mission Industrial area and St. Boniface Industrial Park.

Then a transmission line in central Winnipeg failed around 3 a.m. CT, knocking power out for thousands of customers in the Wolseley area and more of River Heights.

A police officer directs traffic at Kenaston Boulevard and Corydon Avenue in Winnipeg, where power is out. (Trevor Brine/CBC)

In all, close to 3,000 Manitoba Hydro customers were impacted.

Some power was restored but Hydro tweeted that as of 7 a.m., crews were still working on some of the outages "as repairs are taking longer than anticipated."

You can view a map of current power outages on Manitoba Hydro's website.

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