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Fixed 590 power outages throughout the day, but power down in many places

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Photo: Ieva Makare / LETA

Distribution system operator JSC "Sadales tīkls" electricians repaired 590 medium voltage and low voltage power grid damage caused by a strong storm on Sunday, while nearly 1,500 customers were prevented from supplying electricity.

During the day, 147 mobile electrician equipment replaced 150 overhead power line supports, connected missing power line cables at 280 locations, and removed 197 trees and branches from power lines to restore power to customers.

Dağıtım Distribution Network CEO CEO Sandis Jansons said the biggest damage caused by the wind is in Vidzeme in the Valka regions, where trees are mostly broken and cut off and power lines are cut. This caused the power lines to shut down. At the peak of the storm, power outages reached 43,000 customers, but at nightfall, the power outages were reduced to 3,000 in the morning.

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According to him, the most technically complex and time-consuming damage continues, because in some places the power grid is damaged in forests and in marshy areas where it is difficult to work with special equipment. Koleksiyon Collectors from Kurzeme, Zemgale and Latgale have also helped electricians in Vidzeme to repair the damage and are involved in a total of 147 operative error repairs with 384 electricians. This evening, around 1,500 customers are still inadequate and we expect the damage to be resolved by midnight. ”

The Distribution Network reported that last year's storm was the strongest in the last two years, but it didn't do much damage to the grid due to previous preparations, harmonious operational efforts, investments in grid restoration, tree and shrub cleaning and grid digitization. The power outage was mainly caused by trees falling on the power lines on the hill, branches of trees trapped by the wind and broken and supports from the power lines on the hill.

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