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Fort Macleod power outage set for June 24

Most of Fort Macleod will be without power Wednesday, June 24 while Fortis Alberta carries out a major upgrade of the electrical distribution system.

The power outage is planned from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., weather permitting.

The power outage impacts most of Fort Macleod, especially the west side.

The outage does not include the far east side where Fort Macleod Health Centre, Jon’s Independent Grocer, Tim Hortons, and the RCMP detachment are located. 

Fortis Alberta urges customers to expect the outage to last 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and prepare accordingly. 

This first major upgrade since Fortis Alberta bought the electrical distribution system from the Town of Fort Macleod in 2018,

Fortis Alberta will install equipment that will allow power line technicians to sectionalize parts of the power system so when outages occur, the number of customers impacted can be reduced. The system does not allow for this.

Today, nearly 800 services are served off of a non-standard 4160V non-load break system, which means when there are issues such as broken poles and wire all service to customers is interrupted regardless of location.

The upgrade will provide greater service, reliability and safety for residents and power line technicians. 

On June 24, Fortis Alberta will bring in six, two-man crews to perform the upgrade as efficiently as possible.

Residents and visitors to the town June 24 are asked to follow social distancing protocol around work crews and take care approaching and passing any trucks and equipment.

In advance of this outage, customers will receive three phone calls from Fortis Alberta on June 10, 17 and 22, reminding them to prepare.

If customers are unsure if Fortis Alberta has their most up-to-date contact phone number, call to confirm at 310-9473.

There will also be hand-delivered flyers, posters and notices posted around town and an advisement on the Town of Fort Macleod’s Web site and Facebook page.

In addition, The Macleod Gazette will carry ads in the June 10 and 17 issues both in print and on-line.