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Update on Evacuated Nations, Tuesday, October 22nd

October 22, 2019

Manitoba Hydro – 21 First Nations affected by the October 11thsnow storm power outages, 18 First Nations restored, 2 First Nations partially restored. 3 First Nations are still without power: Lake St. Martin First Nation, Little Saskatchewan First Nation, Dauphin River First Nation.

Dauphin River First Nation

  • 90 customers affected by power outages.
  • 60 poles damaged; damaged plant in a swampy area which impacts access for repair.
  • Anchor repairs completed on October 21st; poles anticipated to be repaired October 22nd-23rd; the feeder to the swampy area is not anticipated to be repaired until the end of this week at the earliest.
  • Manitoba Hydro has secured a generator to supply temporary power to the community.
  • Mechanical issues with the generator prevented restoration on October 21st. Crews remain on site and are attempting to resolve the issues.
  • Manitoba Hydro is hoping to resolve the issues with the generator today (October 22nd), but it may take longer.

Dauphin River Leadership conducted a helicopter tour of the community and extensive damage on Monday, October 21st. The Manitoba Hydro crews are being sufficient in the work be operated to restore power to the Nation.

Lake Manitoba First Nation

  • The community was restored on October 18th.
  • Manitoba Hydro understands the final four customers have been restored, and that the entire community is energized.  This will be confirmed today (October 22nd). 

Lake St. Martin First Nation

  • 187 customers affected by power outages.
  • 25 poles (including some pole structures) and 1 transformer requiring repair or replacement.
  • 3 poles and 1 km of wire were replaced on October 21st.
  • A diesel generator is on site and being prepared to commission.
  • Manitoba Hydro is hoping to have thediesel supply in place by October 23rd, but it is possible that it will take longer.
  • The sewage treatment plant will not be energized until October 25that the earliest.

Little Saskatchewan First Nation

  • Approximately 74 customers without service.
  • Approximately 86 poles and 11 transformers requiring repair or replacement.
  • The distribution system in Little Saskatchewan is severely damaged.
  • Partial Restoration is anticipated to continue through October 26th.

There has been extensive damage to lines feeding in to the community – additional crews have been deployed. 

Pinaymootang First Nation

  • Approximately 382 customers without service.
  • 29 poles and 3 transformers that require repair or replacement. 
  • Partial restoration has occurred.
  • An additional 15 poles were replaced on October 21st.
  • Manitoba Hydro is hoping to have full restoration today, October 22nd.

AFN Regional Chief Kevin Hart shared next steps moving forward which everything is expedited, the First Nations now seek reimbursements.

Last modified: October 22, 2019

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