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Yellowknife endures two city-wide outages on holiday Monday

Last modified: August 3, 2020 at 4:34pm


Yellowknife residents suffered two city-wide power outages on Monday.

The city first lost power at 7:30am for between 20 to 40 minutes, depending on location, then a second outage struck shortly after 2:30pm. Power began to return from 4:20pm.

On Monday afternoon, city power distributor Northland Utilities said a “loss of supply” accounted for the second outage.

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The NWT Power Corporation later attributed the outage, which also affected Behchokǫ̀, to a lightning strike.

Northland ordinarily offers a map showing where power outages are taking place, but on Monday even the outage map was itself “out of service to fix a glitch,” the company said.

A review of tweets posted by Northland Utilities and the NWT Power Corporation shows Yellowknife has had at least 12 unplanned power outages since the start of April.

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They took place on April 16, May 5, May 26, June 5, June 15, June 24, June 27, July 4, July 19, July 22, and August 3 (twice).

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