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Manitoba faces prolonged power outages after storm


Parts of southeastern Manitoba were still without power on Monday
Parts of southeastern Manitoba were still without power on Monday

Staff writers

October 9, 2012 — An early storm that dumped heavy snow in Manitoba left some people without power for four straight days.

Heavy snow downed trees and powerlines in Woodridge, Manitoba last week
Heavy snow downed trees and powerlines in Woodridge, Manitoba last week

Parts of Manitoba and northwestern Ontario saw their first brush with winter late last week.

Between 10-25 cm of snow piled up resulting in poor road conditions, downed trees and power outages in several places. 

Manitoba Hydro said at the peak of the storm, close to 5,000 customers were left in the dark. The hardest hit areas included communities like Vita, Piney and Woodridge.

"We have widespread damage not just to our feeder lines, but individual distribution lines through the southeast," said Manitoba Hydro's Scott Powell on Friday. 

Crews continued to work through the weekend, connecting about 150 customers that were still without power Monday. 

Some people were moved to nearby communities for food and warmth after being without electricity since Thursday.

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