Statement from Premier Moe delivered in the Legislative Assembly:
Saskatchewan is currently experiencing widespread power outages throughout a significant portion of the province.
Crews are currently working to assess the extent of the outage, but what we can confirm is that Boundary Dam, Shand, and Poplar River all tripped this morning and require work to be restarted.
Additionally, the heavy frost we have experienced this past week is causing lines to fall and sag.
These lines are very dangerous.
Please be safe and stay at least 10 meters away.
Do not try to remove frost from the lines yourself.
Saskatchewan people can have every confidence that SaskPower is doing everything possible and deploying every possible resource to have power restored to all the parts of the province as soon as possible.
However, at this time, SaskPower is unable to provide any estimate of when power will be restored.
The power outages are currently affecting large parts of the City of Regina, and the Southeastern portion of the province extending up the east side of the province, wrapping around but not including Saskatoon.
The provincial government has enacted its emergency measures protocol.
And is working with communities to ensure the safety of all Saskatchewan residents.
The Ministry of Health is contacting all health facilities in affected areas to ensure our hospitals and long term care facilities have sufficient backup generation capacity.
Our Ministry of Government Relations is contacting affected communities to discuss plans for setting up emergency shelters, if necessary, in community facilities with access to power generation.
It is important to note that the extent of the power outage could grow…
And some areas that have had their power restored may have it go out again.
So Saskatchewan residents in affected areas should take the necessary steps to ensure their safety.
- Never use gas generators, camping stoves or BBQ’s indoors. Keep them in well ventilated areas and do not use them to hear your home.
- Conserve Water.
- Avoid any unnecessary travel
- If you need assistance contact your local municipality.
- If you are experiencing an emergency situation call 911 immediately.
Also if your power is on, please make every effort to conserve electricity and prepare for the possibility you may lose power.
SaskPower officials and Emergency Measures and Fire Commissioner Duane McKay will be providing further information at a media briefing at 2 today.
If possible, resident should check SaskPower’s website and social media accounts throughout the day for updates.
Again, I want to emphasize that while this is a widespread and serious situation, SaskPower and the Government of Saskatchewan are taking every possible step to restore power and ensure the safety of Saskatchewan residents.