Building flood responsible for downtown outage: Manitoba Hydro

A major power outage downtown is due to the flooding of a building, says Manitoba Hydro.The Crown Corporation reported the outage at about 8:25 a.m. Wednesday, stretching from the University of Winnipeg to The Bay and beyond.Several businesses on Portage Avenue and in the Graham Avenue area appear to be affected. The outage is expected to last until noon or so.#mboutage We can confirm that flooding in a nearby building is what’s causing the outage. Crews are there now trying to restore power safely. Expect the outage to last another 3-4 hours.— Manitoba Hydro (@manitobahydro) January 2, 2019Global News has also heard reports of a flood New Year’s Day at the Fort Garry Hotel. According to guests at the hotel, the main floor and mezzanine flooded, forcing patrons to wade through water to leave the building.There was no immediate update about the condition of the hotel or what caused the flood, or if it was related to Wednesday’s outage.The traffic lights at Portage Avenue and Spence Street were also out Wednesday morning, but caused few traffic delays.TRAFFIC UPDATE:
PORTAGE & ST. MARY AVE/SPENCE
Lights have been restored. No delays. #WpgTMC #winnipeg #traffic pic.twitter.com/rKMY2A2qzG
— Winnipeg TMC (@WinnipegTMC) January 2, 2019Get daily local headlines and alerts

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