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Unprecedented snowstorm forces state of emergency in Manitoba
As of Monday afternoon, 20,000 Manitoba Hydro customers were still without power including 800 customers in Winnipeg
As of Monday afternoon, 20,000 Manitoba Hydro customers were still without power including 800 customers in Winnipeg

As an early season snow and windstorm hammered Manitoba over the weekend, Marlene Beardy’s pregnant granddaughter found herself stranded in Lake St. Martin, three hours north of Winnipeg, without heat or power and days away from giving birth.

“There was no heat, nothing at all. No lights, no heat. Nothing. Period,” said Beardy, an evacuee from the northern Manitoba community, who was waiting to check into a hotel in Winnipeg on Monday.

Beardy is preparing to spend the next two weeks in a Winnipeg hotel with her granddaughter — who made it safely to Winnipeg after initial challenges evacuating — and newborn great-grandson, who was born in Winnipeg at 7:38 a.m. on Monday.

Thousands of people have been evacuated from northern First Nations communities in Mantioba as Manitoba Hydro works to rebuild vast stretches of the power grid in the province, warning it could take four days to restore full power to Winnipeg and 10 days to restore power to hard hit parts of the province outside the city.

Evacuating the northern communities proved especially challenging because the storm, which blew into Manitoba on Thursday night, knocked down thousands of trees, power poles and power lines in the province, blocking roads in places and knocking out both power and, in some areas, cell phone towers and phone connections.

By Saturday, 53,000 households and businesses — including all 13,000 residents of Portage la Prairie — were without power. The power outage was so complete that officials in Portage la Prairie asked residents not to flush their toilets because the city’s water and sewage facilities were without power, and the city feared sewage backups.


See Also:

(1) Customers could be without power for 10 days, Hydro says

(2) Unprecedented storm causes City to declare state of local emergency

(3) What’s with this weather?

(4) First Nations displaced by storm share concerns with Scheer campaign


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October 16, 2019 12:58 pm

Damage to the tune of 10’s of millions of dollars. If this event had occurred in Montreal, Toronto or some other eastern local you can bet your sweet bippy that Trudeau would have already announced very substantial financial assistance. But it’s not. It’s good for nothing politically Winnipeg. The same thing if it was any other western Canadian city. Where is the Canadian political leader who represents Canada?. Canada from coast to coast all year around not just during election campaigns? As Trump does for his country. Trudeau boasts of passing out 100’s of millions of ‘infrastructure money to unneedy countries like the one he has publicly acknowledged he admires so much, China. Well its time for some genuinely needed infrastructure money for the ‘home front’. But doing that is so ‘uncool’ on the progressive globalist elite circuit. Neither does a Canada first agenda impress the UN. Oh Canada, nobody stands on guard for thee.