As flood waters rose on June 20, 2013 and the Bow and Elbow rivers began spilling over into nearby communities, ENMAX's first priority was safety.
We worked closely with the City of Calgary and the Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) to ensure the safety of our customers and employees.
In the early hours of what became Calgary's worst natural disaster in history, ENMAX began to disconnect power to neighbourhoods that were flooding, or at risk of flooding. The community of Discovery Ridge was the first to undergo a mandatory outage. It was quickly followed by Roxboro, Erlton, Ramsay and Inglewood (with many more being taken offline in the days that followed). By shortly after midnight, approximately 5,300 customers were without power. By 7 a.m. the next morning, that number had climbed to 24,220 customers and eventually rising to more than 35,000 customers affected by mandatory power outages.
But it wasn't long before restoration began. Just one day after the devastation began, ENMAX started restoring power to residential areas experiencing outages. In the days that followed, crews worked around the clock to get the city's electric system back on its feet. Whether it was manning the Trouble Line, helping to restore LRT (Light Rail Transit) service, inspecting one of the 155 flooded vaults in our system, or keeping the lights on for the rest of the city, we were on for Calgarians during one of our city's biggest trials.
In all, we restored power to approximately 35,000 customer sites in eight days. This unprecedented restoration couldn't have happened without the patience and cooperation of our customers. From Tweeting questions on Twitter, to self-identifying electrical risks and calling our Trouble Line, to staying away from ENMAX structures that had come in contact with water, Calgarians' cooperation helped us get the lights back on.
All customers are free to purchase natural gas services from the default supply provider or from a retailer of their choice and to purchase electricity services from the regulated rate provider or from a retailer of their choice. The delivery of natural gas and electricity to you is not affected by your choice. If you change who you purchase natural gas services or electricity services from, you will continue receiving natural gas and electricity from the distribution company in your service area. For a current list of retailers you may choose from, visit www.ucahelps.gov.ab.ca or call 310-4822 (toll free in Alberta).
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