Wildlife and wind responsible for Sunday power outage

Submitted photo from SaskPower twitter account.

Strong winds and Saskatchewan wildlife combined to leave most of Prince Albert and vast areas of northern Saskatchewan in the dark on Sunday.

Parts of the city were without power for roughly an hour after a beaver gnawed away at the base of a power pole, destabilizing it enough that strong winds were able to knock it over.

A spokesperson from SaskPower said crews were able to restore service by roughly 6 p.m. on Sunday, although about 3,500 people remained without power for another four or five hours while permanent repairs were made.

Crews will return to the site over the next two to three days to make additional repairs and inspect other poles in the area.