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Little Grand Rapids and Pauingassi restoration update

Updated September 17, 2021

This summer, wildfires damaged multiple sections of a remote power line that serves approximately 1,500 residents in both communities. A comprehensive assessment of damage indicates 90 poles need to be replaced and 32 other structures require repairs, including new crossarms, anchors and other electrical equipment.

Manitoba Hydro is working to expedite repairs as quickly as possible to restore service and allow residents to return to their homes.

Current situation

  • Due to no road access to the fire-damaged line, all replacement poles, crossarms, hardware, and equipment required by crews needs to be pre-assembled at a staging area near Bloodvein and flown by helicopter to damaged sections of the line.
  • Many of the replacement poles must be set in rock, requiring specialized drilling equipment.
  • Sixty-two poles have been replaced as of the end of the day September 16.
  • Work continues on 32 additional structures in need of repair (including new crossarms, anchors, and other equipment).
  • Work continues to trim or remove hazardous trees related to the restoration efforts.
  • Community leaders continue to receive regular updates from Manitoba Hydro as to the progress of repairs. The utility has been in regular contact with these communities even before repair efforts began.

Estimated restoration

Additional damage may be found as work continues. The estimated restoration, subject to changes due to weather such as lightning or low clouds, is approximately 3 to 5 weeks.