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Power back on in 250 homes after overnight blackout

Hundreds of Edmontonians had power restored yesterday morning, after anunderground cable ruptured on another record-breaking night for coldtemperatures.

Hundreds of Edmontonians had power restored yesterday morning, after an underground cable ruptured on another record-breaking night for cold temperatures.

Roughly 250 customers between 10 and 34 avenues and 66 and 91 streets were without power between 7 p.m. Sunday to 7 a.m. yesterday.

“It was obviously an awful experience for our customers and it’s just awful being without power when the weather is so bad,” Epcor spokesman Mike Gibbs said.

“We’d like to thank our customers for their patience and apologize for the inconvenience.”

Though Epcor officials say extreme weather wasn’t the initial cause of the problems, crews worked tirelessly in temperatures as low as -32 C.

A series of technical problems caused an underground cable to fault, Gibbs added. “Our crews were working non-stop for 12 hours. It was obviously a very challenging experience for them.”

Gibbs said officials are reviewing the incident to prevent similar situations from occurring.

 
 
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