Early morning power outages that affected much of Thompson Jan. 6 were the result of equipment failure on a transmission line from the Kelsey Generating Station disrupting power to a substation in Thompson, Manitoba Hydro says.
The Kelsey Generating Station is abut 90 kilometres northeast of Thompson on the Nelson River.
The outages began around 6 a.m. and affected about 1,800 customers in areas including Eastwood, Westwood, Riverside and Juniper. Manitoba Hydro field staff rerouted power from a different substation to get customers back online as quickly as possible given the bitterly cold temperatures that hovered around -30 degrees Celsius. Power was restored by 8:40 a.m, Hydro says.
The precise cause of the outage is still being investigated but a spokesperson said it was likely a result of cold weather