Power back on in St. Boniface after outage cut traffic lights, left 1,500 customers in the dark

A big portion of Winnipeg’s St. Boniface neighbourhood has power again after an outage left 1,500 customers without heat or electricity.

The cause appears to be an equipment failure in a substation serving the area, said Anthonie Koop, a spokesperson for Manitoba Hydro.

The area between Whittier Park and Provencher Boulevard, as well as a section in Central St. Boniface, were affected by the outage, the utility said in a tweet just before 5:30 p.m.

Traffic lights were also affected by the outage in the area of Tache Avenue and Provencher Boulevard as well.

By 9 p.m., about 1,000 customers had power restored after the utility rerouted hydro using alternate power lines.

The remaining 500 customers are expected to have their lights and heat back on shortly, the Crown corporation said in a tweet.

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