ATTAWAPISKAT – Officials in Attawapiskat are dealing with the impact of a winter storm. NetNewsLedger is being told power is out for many of the homes in the northern Ontario First Nation. “At this time, there is too much power on for the homes without power to be turned on”. Environment Canada reports, Heavy snow and blowing snow continuing this evening for Attawapiskat.
Heavy snow continues this evening. Total snowfall amounts are projected to reach 20 to 25 cm before snow tapers off later this evening or overnight. In addition to the heavy snow, 60 km/h winds will gust up to 80 km/h or above. These strong winds will cause near zero visibilities in blowing snow. These conditions will persist until later this evening when the winds will begin to diminish.
In Moosenee, wind gusts of up to 90 km are being recorded.
Power Issues in Attawapiskat
Residents in Attawapiskat are being told to turn off their hot water tanks, and turn off their main breakers. This will facilitate the power plant being re-started.
“Once it is switched on you will be informed by Jonathan H. Firechief driving by with a Flashing Lights. When he passes by, you may turn on the main breaker but DO NOT turn on the hot water tank switch, as this will cause the Power to shut down.
“Keep all electrical use to a minimum, heaters, appliances, etc.
“This is important to do so that we may have Power for the Water Treatment Plant as we do not have power to access Water right now”.
Residents in Attawapiskat with questions or concerns can call 705 997 2149
Once the power is turn, it will not be in full capacity, only thru generators, so please maintain low usage of power, so we won’t have more power outages.
There will be a Boil Water Advisory issued once the Water Plant is running again