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Last night our ATCO team successfully restored temporary power to Mackenzie County, the Town of High Level, La Crete, Fort Vermillion, Dene Tha’ First Nation and surrounding communities in Northwest Alberta that have been without power due to wildfires.
During these fires our ATCO transmission system suffered severe damage to 68 structures that are part of the two transmission lines providing essential electricity to these communities. Our crews have been working safely and diligently to make temporary repairs to 16 structures which enabled us to successfully restore power to one of the two lines. We have permanently repaired 12 structures and we are now focusing our efforts on completing all remaining permanent repairs.
Due to the volatility of the fire, our safe access to work is often limited, and additional structures continue to be at risk. Our crews have taken steps to protect against further fire damage to these structures, to the best of our ability.
Communities should expect power to be potentially intermittent over the next few days. We are working hard to restore permanent reliable service to affected communities as quickly & safely as possible