Saskatchewan

Power outages across Regina and province slowly being resolved

The City of Regina is currently affected by multiple power outages across the city.

SaskPower says too early to speculate on cause

Crews spray water on a power pole that had caught fire on Wednesday. (Craig Edwards/CBC News)

Power outages were still affecting several neighbourhoods in Regina and communities in Saskatchewan as of early Wednesday afternoon.

"It looks like we do have some humid, kind of cool weather so it could be related to that but it's too early to speculate as to exactly why this has happened," said SaskPower spokesperson Joel Cherry.

A tweet sent out by SaskPower at 11:05 a.m. CST stated crews restored power to customers affected by an outage in Rural Regina, Grand Coulee, Pense, Odessa, White City, Vibank, Copper Sands, Piapot First Nation and areas north of Regina along highway 6 to the Qu'Appelle valley.

At 11:26 a.m. CST SaskPower's Twitter account indicated power had been restored in Coronation Park, Cathedral, Whitmore Park, Lakeridge, Walsh Acres, Argyle park, Normanview, Uplands and Churchill Downs.

Power was restored in Assiniboia, the General Hospital, Borders Annex and Center Square neighbourhoods around 1 p.m. CST, according to a tweet.

A pole caught on fire around 11:30 a.m. CST and caused outages in the Regent Park neighbourhood. Those affected can expect to see power restored around 2:30 p.m. CST, according to SaskPower.

Another pole caught on fire in the Parliament Place area around 11:30 a.m. CST. Crews are on site and SaskPower said customers there can expect to see power restored around 4 p.m. CST.

SaskPower is working to restore power to several Regina neighbourhoods. (File photo) (Cory Coleman/CBC)

Typically outages are caused by one of three things: weather, aging infrastructure or the environment — things like trees or animals, Cherry said.

"We're investing a lot of money on an annual basis [on infrastructure], that's why sometimes, our rates have to go up," Cherry said. "We're trying to improve or replace some of that aging infrastructure."  

Cherry said crews found two lines down near the intersection of Winnipeg Street and 14th Avenue. He said there was also a pole fire at Osler Street and 11th Avenue.

"There were also a couple of transmission lines that went down in the northwest part of the city, as well," Cherry said, stating that substations in the city were causing some of the issues.

As of Wednesday morning, Cherry said it's unclear just how many homes were affected.

"SaskPower doesn't know for certain whether the power is out till people call in and tell us," he explained.

Up to date information on the outages across the city can be found on SaskPower's website or by calling 306-310-2220.

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