Small resort community spends 20 hours in the dark

By Nigel Maxwell
January 28, 2019 - 12:00pm

SaskPower crews responded to a number of power outages over the weekend, including one south of La Ronge that left a small community in the dark for almost a full day.

Around 10:30 p.m. Saturday night, the power was cut to the resort subdivision of Napatak. An underground cable fault was the source of the power disruption, according to SaskPower spokesperson Jordan Jackle.

"They generally take longer to find because they are underground and they generally take a bit longer to fix and are a bit more complex on account of that as well," he said.

Jackle said SaskPower was forced to bring in some specialized equipment from Prince Albert but once they had that on site, crews were able to fix the problem within a few hours. Power would be restored by 6:18 p.m. Sunday night. A total of 50 SaskPower customers were impacted.

"We definitely thank people for their patience as we worked to get that fixed," Jackle said.

The overnight temperature Saturday night and Sunday morning was around -20 C with a daytime high Sunday of -9 C. Jackle said he was not aware of any special arrangements for customers, but explained sometimes in the past when a whole community is impacted, and when the temperatures get very cold, SaskPower will provide a generator for a school gym or a facility like that. Jackle said incidents like this are good reminders why people should have an outage safety kit on hand.

"There is information on how to assemble one of those on our website and just be prepared in the event something like this does happen,' he said.

The resort subdivision of Napatak is located 22 kilometres south of the Town of La Ronge. There is a mix of seasonal and year-round properties found there.

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