SIOUX LOOKOUT – If you are living in Sioux Lookout, Hudson or Alcona, then from 9AM until 2PM on May 17th, you won’t have electric power for that part of the day. Hydro One will be doing a planned power upgrade. In addition Hydro One customers on Highway 72 South and at Frenchman’s Head will also be affected.
The Keewatin-Patricia District School Board advises that Sioux Mountain Public School and the Queen Elizabeth District High School will remain open. Additional staff will be on hand to ensure the safety of students, and a supply of water will be available for each school.
The power outage is to complete repairs to the main transmission line in the area.
Hydro One estimates that 376 customers will be impacted during the planned outage.
Here are some tips on what to do before the power goes out:
Turn off all tools, appliances and electronic equipment, and turn the thermostat(s) for the home heating system down to minimum to prevent damage from a power surge when power is restored. Also, power can be restored more easily when there is not a heavy load on the electrical system.
Don’t open your freezer or fridge unless it is absolutely necessary. A full freezer will keep food frozen for 24 to 36 hours if the door remains closed.
Protect sensitive electrical appliances such as TVs, computers, and DVD players with a surge-protecting power bar. If you are concerned and don’t have a surge protector, you can unplug those devices.