Thursday's power outage caused by major transmission transformer


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August 5, 2014 9:46 AM

Some locals were left in the dark for a good part of last Thursday morning, as a power outage hit the Alberta side of Lloydminster.

First reports of the outage came in to ATCO Electric at around 5:30 a.m. in the southwest corner of the city.

Brent Kobelka, southeast regional manager, said crews then responded and eventually diagnosed the issue to be with a major transmission transformer.

“It took them some time to diagnose and make things proper, so they could restore all of the residences that were without,” he said.

“It is obviously quite a complex system and it took them a little bit of time to do that safely and efficiently.”

By 11:20 a.m. power to all parts of the city was restored.

Kobelka clarified it had nothing to do with people using more power because of the hot summer months.

What to do

According to the ATCO Electric website, there are three possible causes for power outages: mother nature, interruptions due to system maintenance and when available supplies of electricity are tight.

The site also offers up some tips for what customers can do to prepare, including keeping a flashlight with fresh batteries, blankets and warm clothing, and a battery-operated radio on hand.

In case of a major emergency, the site also suggests people should be prepared to take care of themselves and their families for at least 72 hours.

“We live in an area, we all can recognize the weather can have an impact on us and we really encourage customers and residents to be prepared for if and when the power does go out,” Kobelka added.

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