Line problems cause power outages across Alberta on Sunday afternoon


Several power companies confirmed that a power outage Sunday afternoon affected thousands of customers across the province, many in Calgary. The outage was first reported at approximately 3:30 p.m. Fortis Alberta said there was a problem with a line coming into the province from British Columbia.

The Alberta Electrical System Operator (AESO) also stated that it had to do with weather problems.

ENMAX, the company that supplies electricity to thousands of Customers in the Calgary area, confirmed the problem to CTV News and said a large number of customers were affected.

“Approximately 40,000 customers in the Calgary area were affected and we restored service to approximately 13,700,” Julia Perkins, ENMAX’s external relations advisor, said in an email.

Tom Sampson, director of the Calgary Emergency Management Agency, also took to social media to reassure Calgarians that everything would be fine.

At approximately 4:45 p.m., power was restored to most of the affected areas.

ENMAX added that it was also aware of a problem with the outage map on its website and that it is also addressing this technical issue.


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