Power outage called for Sunday

FORT FRANCES—Hydro One has declared an emergency power outage for the entire Town of Fort Frances this Sunday (July 23) from 4-10 a.m.
Fort Frances Power Corp. CEO Jim Kibiuk said he was contacted just Thursday morning with news that Hydro One required an emergency power outage in order to repair equipment that has malfunctioned at its Fort Frances substation.
Kibiuk said the FFPC negotiated to get the repairs done early in the morning as opposed to later in the day.
“Hydro One is going to bring in crews and equipment to allow them to work in the dark,” he noted.
Kibiuk reiterated the outage will affect the entire town. The Hydro One substation feeds the FFPC substation which, in turn, supplies electricity to local customers.
He also stressed the outage is an emergency and therefore not planned, and that no quicker notice of it could be relayed to the public.
But Kibiuk added the FFPC has taken upon itself to advertise the outage and is contacting significant customers to give them advance warning of it.
In related news, Hydro One announced this morning that Sunday’s power outage also will affect about 950 of its customers in all locations east of Reef Point Road, including Bear’s Pass, Halkirk and Watten townships, and Red Gut Bay First Nation.
Couchiching and Stanjikoming First Nations also will be affected.
Those affected will be notified by an automated phone message, Hydro One said.
(Fort Frances Daily Bulletin)