Yellowknife

Northland plans Friday morning Old Town power outage


Northland Utilities, Yellowknife’s power distributor, plans a three-hour outage across Old Town and Ndilo in the early hours of Friday, April 26, 2019.

The outage is due to take place from 3:30am until 6:30am.

A graphic produced by the utility company suggested the outage would affect Pilots Lane, a section of Boffa Drive, and all areas north of that point – including Yellowknife’s Latham Island properties and the community of Ndilo.

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“We will work diligently to restore power as soon as possible,” Northland Utilities said on Twitter.

(The tweet was noteworthy for appearing to be the company’s first using its @NorthlandUtil account, despite joining Twitter in 2013. A similar post to Facebook was the company’s first in 18 months. Both accounts are linked from the company’s homepage.)

Customers with questions are advised to call 867-873-4865.

No other areas of the city are expected to be affected by the planned outage.

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As of noon on Thursday, Environment and Climate Change Canada forecast temperatures for the city of around -10C for the period between 3:30am and 6:30am on Friday.

While the NWT Power Corporation generates power across the territory, in Yellowknife that energy is distributed by Northland, which is an entirely separate (and often rival) company.

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