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Friday, 13 May 2011 09:13

Power restored to southwest communities

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Approximately 7,000 southwest Saskatchewan residents suffered from bad luck and no power when they woke up Friday, May 13.

Residents between Webb and the Alberta border lost their power at 4 a.m. that day when an air seeder contacted and knocked down a transmission line in a farmers’ field approximately five kilometres southeast of Webb.

The transmission line that was knocked down delivered power to three transformer stations that fed electricity to communities west of Webb along the Trans-Canada Highway. SaskPower has no back-up for the power line.

Shortly after arriving on the scene of the accident, SaskPower crews worked to untangle the seeder from the power lines and made sure the farmer was safe. The farmer was not injured.

The full crew and three district SaskPower workers then managed to get the power on at Webb and ordered a crane to help raise the poles and reconnect the lines.

Power was restored around 1 p.m. that day.

Although incidents like these are rare, SaskPower spokesperson James Parker said they do occur on occasion.

“This doesn’t happens too often, but it can happen,” he said. “The machines farmers operate these days are fairly large and sometimes accidents happen.”

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