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"Being able to resolve this issue for our customers has been a top priority."
- Jennifer MacGowan  


Following weeks of frequent, short power outages, FortisAlberta announced last week that crews had located the cause of the problem.
According to FortisAlberta Director of Communications Jennifer MacGowan, the majority of power outages in the area lately were due to repairs and replacement of sections of the AltaLink line which runs behind Blairmore and as a result of the wind storm on Sunday, November 27th.
She said that in response to increased outages following the storm, crews were out walking 15 mile span of the line last week, looking for any discolouration in the line, or lines which were “flashing” (two lines slapping together) which could have been caused by the storm.
Crews located a section of line near the old Coleman Collieries site where two lines were flashing last Tuesday, December 6th, identified it as the possible source of the problem and spent the remainder of the day making repairs.
As many as 12 power interruptions were experienced in various parts of the community on Tuesday while crews facilitated repairs.
“We are not certain that this is the be all and end all but they think they have pinpointed the problem and if it isn’t, we will identify other problem areas and repair them,” said MacGowan.
“We are taking a hard, fast look at other areas as well, as we think there may be other locations experiencing problems.”

She said crews have also added equipment on some other areas of line in order to reinforce them and prevent the problem from reoccurring.
“Our crews take tremendous pride in being able to provide reliable power to our customers and this has been really frustrating for them,” she said.
“Being able to resolve this issue for our customers has been a top priority.”
MacGowan noted that the outages affected approximately 3,500 FortisAlberta customers residing in Crowsnest Pass and the surrounding area and that an additional 2,200 municipal customers were also affected.
Municipality of Crowsnest Pass Chief Administrative Officer Myron Thompson told Crowsnest Pass Municipal Council of the situation at the December 6th Council meeting.
Thompson noted that the Municipality received several calls and complaints from residents, and informed Council that any claims for appliances and electronics which were damaged as a result of the power failures can be logged through the FortisAlberta customer service line.
To report a claim or to report persisting power interruptions, call 310-9473 (WIRE).
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