Enmax is “cautiously optimistic” that Calgary downtown’s power might be restored to about 5,000 residents and 2,100 businesses by mid-day Thursday. Enmax held a press conference with the mayor and city officials at Calgary’s Emergency Operations Centre on Monday morning. The outages continue between 5 Street S.W. and 11 Street SW and 4 Avenue SW and 7 Ave S.W. following Saturday night’s underground explosion and fire.
According to Enmax, engineers are working around clock to rebuild the badly damaged system, updating that the damaged equipment and cables were removed on Monday morning and are now being replaced. Furthermore, it was highlighted that it’s possible that the cable down the line may be further damaged but it can only be determined when they re-energize. President and CEO of Enmax, Gianna Manes, stated that “within this particular manhole where the fire occurred there was significant damage and we can readily see that,” adding that “one thing we cannot tell at this point is if there was any damage to cable further beyond this point. The only way we will be able to tell… is when we begin to re-energize the system.”