Sunday, October 12, 2014

Underground fire in downtown core

Saturday evening there was an underground fire in the downtown core which resulted in a power outage. The Emergency Operation Centre has been opened and The Calgary Emergency Management Agency is working with ENMAX and partners to assess the impact to affected residents and businesses.

Power currently remains out for 1,900 ENMAX customers and 12 intersections. Affected ENMAX customers are expected to experience outages for approximately four to seven days.

Damage to fiberoptic cables running through the affected area could lead to internet, phone and cable disruptions. If your landline is out of service and you require emergency assistance, use a mobile phone, or visit a nearby business or trusted neighbour.

Information for citizens affected by power outages
If you or someone you know is experiencing a power outage, please consider some of the following:

  • For emergency or life threatening situations - call 911
  • For non urgent health advice call Health Link Alberta at 1 866 408 5465.
  • Turn off or disconnect any appliances or electronic equipment you were using at the time of the outage - especially your stove or other cooking appliances.
  • Keep one light switched on so you know when the power comes back on.
  • Think safety! Do not use any gas or charcoal BBQs or devices as they can cause an increase of Carbon Monoxide gas which can result in serious and life threatening illness.
  • The indoor use of candles should be avoided. Battery operated lights provide a better and safer light source.
  • Generators should not be used indoors. Converse heat by keeping windows and doors closed, and paying special attention to young children, the elderly, and those with chronic medical conditions.
  • Use of a battery-powered or hand-crank radio can keep you informed of important updates.
  • Keep your freezer and refrigerator doors closed to keep food cold for many hours. Most food will keep in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. Dairy products should be discarded after six hours. Items in the freezer will last 12 to 48 hours, depending on how full the freezer is and what kinds of food are stored inside.

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