Enmax Hopes Calgary’s Downtown Power to be restored by Mid-Thursday

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.”

Calgary Emergency Management Agency has estimated that almost 70 per cent of the people in the area have self-evacuated and the remaining are mostly elderly. Consequently, Calgary fire, police and search and rescue officials continue to sweep buildings to ensure remaining residents are safe to be there and their needs are being met. Director of CEMA, Ken Uzeloc, stated that “the water is safe to use however, because of the power being out in some buildings they may not have water pressure in some of the higher elevations above twelve stories.”

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