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Lights on but still nobody home in parts of Calgary after major power outage


October 14, 2014   by THE CANADIAN PRESS


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CALGARY – Street and traffic lights in downtown Calgary are back on this morning, but thousands of residents remain out of their homes after a major power outage in the city Saturday night.

The power failure began after a fire in an underground vault that city electrical utility, Enmax, says will require equipment replacement rather than repairs.

About 5,000 people were affected in the downtown and many office and residential highrises remain in the dark.

Ken Uzeloc, director of the Calgary Emergency Management Agency, says all downtown roads are now reopened and the traffic lights are working but a lot of work remains to be done.

Uzeloc says the city provided 350 hotel rooms for those affected, but space is rapidly running out.

Gianna Manes, president of Enmax, says crews are starting to splice in high-voltage cables and she hopes full power will be restored by Thursday.