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Northern area of the Sault experiencing power outage (updated)

Monday, January 27, 2014   by: SooToday.com Staff
12:30 p.m. update
 
PUC Distribution reports that power was restored to all customers affected by the outage below at 11:54 a.m.
 
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Sault Ste. Marie PUC is informing customers of a power interruption in progress.
 
An unplanned power interruption is currently affecting PUC Distribution customers in Sault Ste. Marie, says PUC.
 
The area involved is Second Line Road; Sackville to Old Garden River Road, Old Garden River Road.; Second Line to Northern Avenue, Northern Avenue; Great Northern Road to Black Road, East side of Sault College,  "P" patch, Tadcaster, Sharon Crescent, South of McNabb to MacDonald from Windsor to Black Road.
 
If you have any information leading to the cause of the outage or other concerns please call the PUC emergency number at 759-6555.
 
The power interruption occurred on January 27, 2014 at 10:29 a.m. and 1,625 customers were affected at the time of the outage.
 
By 10:30 a.m. power to 722 customers was restored.
 
Currently 903 PUC customers remain without electricity.
 
PUC says the power outage is due to the failure of a high voltage conductor.
 
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flyhawk25 1/27/2014 11:26:56 AM Report

More splendid service from 'our' PUC.
justsomeguy 1/27/2014 11:31:53 AM Report

Funny, I lived in Thunder Bay for several years and only remember the power going out once.

If it's the infrastructure, then why does it seem to be more frequent in this Northern Ontario city?
Gurpy 1/27/2014 11:46:58 AM Report

Cannot wait to hear today`s excuse! A frozen bird on the lines, a snow ball or snow flake etc.
damzull1 1/27/2014 12:05:09 PM Report

Ya another demonstration of our great city first the BROWN WATER AND NOW NO POWER thats just typical in the dead of winter nice going PUC you never stop amazing poeple

PRETTY
USELESS
C....S
Javaman 1/27/2014 12:09:16 PM Report

It is kind of sad to think the PUC has to ask us why the power maybe off. They stated:
If you have any information leading to the cause of the outage or other concerns please call the PUC emergency number at 759-6555.
steelworker 1/27/2014 12:12:32 PM Report

Nice building tho.
good4now 1/27/2014 12:32:15 PM Report

It is unusual to ask for customer assistance in determining the cause of a fault. I believe the PUC has indicated that a Hi voltage conductor failed.

While the cold weather might be the root cause, occasionally mischief cannot be ruled out, especially if there is evidence on scene. Details only encourage copycats.
Sam C 1/27/2014 12:35:55 PM Report

The reason they ask is because someone might have seen something -- a transformer blow, a vehicle hit a pole or a wire, etc.
Gurpy 1/27/2014 12:50:07 PM Report

My neighbour does laundry during the peak hours. Does that count? She doesn`t pay for her utilities. OW does!
Slim Shady 1/27/2014 12:57:43 PM Report

Equipment fails; it’s a fact of life. Cold weather puts added stress on infrastructure. Cold weather also drives up power spikes in demand for increased heating etc.

I live in the East end and I can’t remember when was the last time my power went off, so some of the commenter’s excessive criticism is unwarranted.

All this talk about the PUC’s new building is just that – trash talk. Their former 2 building were aged and needed upgrading. When people build new they think about their next 30-40 years of service. How many of you sold an old house and upgraded by building a new one at 3 times the cost?

Hey if you don’t like your power service, you have options – Uncouple yourself from the grid! Install a natural gas fired powerplant (they do make residential and light commercial units as back-up power sources). Or you can go green and install your own photovoltaic panels. Too much capital investment for you? If so you should quit complaining.
old-cat33 1/27/2014 1:08:25 PM Report

Well I gotta agree with slim and Sam,machinery does break down and due to the coooold weather that could put a stress in the electrical demand.
ginja 1/27/2014 1:50:43 PM Report

Car crashed into pole on side street of second line I believe was the cause. That is what I was told by customers today.
Jimssm 1/27/2014 2:19:52 PM Report

Not the fault of the PUC

Second line was closed for a while because a car hit a pole and the line dropped across the road.
flyhawk25 1/27/2014 2:52:15 PM Report

Exactly.
flyhawk25 1/27/2014 2:52:26 PM Report

Exactly.
Sam C 1/27/2014 3:16:47 PM Report

Gosh... isn't is interesting to find out the facts of a story?
guestwho 1/27/2014 4:15:16 PM Report

renewable resource,power out,power on or (renewed)
engineguy 1/27/2014 5:57:38 PM Report

WTF puc i am thinking about paying you minimum payments sorta goes with you service no ?
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