Power restored to more than 6,000 Manitoba Hydro customers near Lake Winnipeg

By | May 25, 2020

A large bird’s nest on a power line caused more than 6,000 Manitoba Hydro customers along the east side of Lake Winnipeg’s southern basin to lose power Monday morning.

People in the Sagkeeng First Nation area and in Manitoba cottage country around Grand Marais, south and north of Grand Beach, were affected by the outage. Grand Marais is more than 80 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg in the rural municipality of St. Clements.

Manitoba Hydro first tweeted about the outage before 6 a.m., but spokesperson Bruce Owen told CBC News that a bird’s nest on a line in the Grand Beach area caused an outage around 3 a.m.

The nest tripped a 66-kilovolt power line in Pine Falls, which supplies power to the Sagkeeng First Nation area and east beaches, Owen said.

Manitoba Hydro’s online outage map showed more than 6,200 customers from Beaconia to Wanasing Beach were affected. Another 328 customers living in Sagkeeng were also without power Monday morning.

Hydro says power was restored at 8:30 a.m. — its originally estimated time for restoration.

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