Residents in the Hanna area, just North of Drumheller, were in the dark as a power outage had affected much of the area on Thursday morning.

"We had a bird contact inside the Hanna Substation which caused two breakers on the distribution system to open up," explained Nick Peeler, Area Manager for Atco Electric. The outage affected the Delia, Hanna, Craigmyle and Sylvan Lake area," 

"People can stay up to date by checking out public outage map," continued Peeler.

You can find a link to the website here.

DrumFM asked Peeler if weather could be a factor in power outages like these.

"It can, depending on the weather situation. Obviously frost and stuff around that. It does put a strain on the system but we haven't seen too many issues with that so far," concluded Peeler.

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