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Manitoba Hydro

Storm Clean-up & Salvage Operations

I M P O R T A N T S A F E T Y I N F O R M A T I O N

Although the immediate customer impact of the Thanksgiving Day winter storm that hit southern

Manitoba is receding, Manitoba Hydro will be in the field for a few weeks yet cleaning up and salvaging

broken and damaged equipment, poles, transformers, overhead wires and other materials. In an effort

to restore customers quickly as possible, these materials were left in place as new infrastructure was

built or existing infrastructure repaired.

We are asking all Rural Municipalites, First Nation communities, and key Stakeholder Groups to help us

notify their constituents and members of the following safety information regarding these clean-up and

salvage operations:

· Treat all electrical equipment, wires, etc. as live – do not touch or approach a downed line,

tower or pole. It could be live and cause electrocution. Do not try to move any damaged

materials. The wires and poles may be from the Thanksgiving storm or could be from a more

recent event. To ensure safety, people should be directed to call 1-888-MB-Hydro and select

option 3 “to report a power line down or damage to Manitoba Hydro equipment”. Or to call 911

if the damage looks recent or it’s felt it poses an immediate public safety hazard.

· If calling Manitoba Hydro, please remind people to provide a description of the location, and a

contact name and telephone number in case Manitoba Hydro needs follow up information.

· Power lines located in the South Central and Interlake areas were seriously damaged during the

storm. Materials may be found in areas along road allowances, and may be adjacent to or on

private property. However, customers should be on the lookout for damaged equipment in all

areas of southern Manitoba. The following map outlines the approximate boundaries of areas

impacted by the storm.

· Some of these areas are in more remote locations and could pose a hazard to anyone riding offroad

vehicles such as ATV’s or dirt bikes snowmobilers, or to cross country skiers and back

country hikers.

· Livestock producers or those with animals on their property should try to keep all livestock,

horses and other animals away from areas with downed power lines, broken poles or damaged

equipment to avoid injury or entanglement.

· Manitoba Hydro anticipates completing cleanup and salvage operations by mid-November,

weather and operational conditions permitting.

· Although the utility is accelerating cleanup efforts, poor weather such as a heavy snowfall

occurring before work is complete could result in materials being left in areas over the winter

months. This could pose an extreme hazard to snowmobilers using road allowances or traveling

in areas near Manitoba Hydro power lines over the winter months. Snowmobilers must exercise

EXTREME CAUTION when riding in areas impacted by this storm.

Please call 1-888-MBHYDRO if you see anything that concerns you.

Call 911 immediately if you see downed lines!