City deals with blackout

Braden Dupuis
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City manager Robert Cotterill speaks at a press conference on Tuesday.

The power outage has affected the City Of Prince Albert in a number of ways.

City officials held a press conference at City Hall on Tuesday morning to address the situation.

"Our water treatment plant is operating and producing clean water, so people do not have to be concerned about their drinking water," said city manager Robert Cotterill.

"Our wastewater treatment plant, which is the secondary treatment plant, is currently functioning as the primary plant."

The added strain on the plant means citizens of the city need to conserve water by any means necessary.

"We are asking people to do whatever they can to reduce the amount of water that they're using," Cotterill said.

"If we have too much water in the sewage system that we can't pump, it will mean that basements will flood within the city of Prince Albert. I am aware of three or four homes even now that have flooding."

The city airport remained operational, while bus routes also remained on schedule.

Garbage collection was still taking place throughout the day, and the city landfill remained open.

All other city facilities, however, were closed.

Throughout the day, city crews were busy cleaning up debris in the streets, and preparing for the possibility of another storm on Tuesday night.

"We're aware that the forecast is for another storm, and so we're looking at all culverts and other areas to make sure that we don't have debris in them prior to that storm arrivinig," Cotterill said.

The city recommended that residents stay in their homes, conserve water and look after each other.

Updates will be made available on the situation through the city's website,

Those without Internet access should stay tuned to local radio stations for more on the situation.

While the city and its citizens prepared to settle in for the long haul, Mayor Jim Scarrow said that even in the blackest of situations the sense of community in Prince Albert is inspiring.

"It's wonderful how a community comes together," he said, citing courteous driving practices at intersections without traffic lights and helpful tips among neighbours as examples.

"That's the real sense of community."

The blackout serves as a reminder to Saskatchewan residents that being prepared for any situation is key.

"It's a wakeup call for us, that here in good old secure Saskatchewan where nothing ever happens, you better be prepared for an emergency," Scarrow said.

"This is an event that, while it makes life difficult, it does bring a community together."

Geographic location: City Of Prince Albert, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan

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  • Jay
    June 26, 2012 - 16:40

    So...rumour has it Casino has backup generators n business as sad is this...

    • jay from the west side
      June 27, 2012 - 15:56

      i dont think its sad, actually it was great. we were able to charge our cell phones, they served complementry coffee, pop, and water. in this situation that we faced they could have made more money. but no, so thanks to the Northern Lights Casino, your staff did a wonderful job, during the power outage.