Many towns and homes were left without power in the southeast corner of Saskatchewan beginning late Saturday night, and crews were sent out to repair a myriad of different problems. 

Spokesman with SaskPower Joel Cherry says outages were caused mostly by a build up of ice on most of the power lines.

"When you have freezing rain like we did in some areas, when you have high humidity coupled with temperatures that are around or below 0, that's conducive to building up frost and ice on the lines."

Not only has the precipitation affected the lines, but so has the wind. Once built up with ice and weighed down, the lines start to sway back and forth, making it easier for them to become dislodged,

"That (weight) coupled with the high winds can cause what's called a 'galloping' effect, where the line are actually bouncing up and down."

SaskPower dealt with a ton of outages all over the province, most because of the ice on the power lines but there was another caused by a failing transformer. 

If you see lines hanging lower than normal, Cherry advises not to attempt to clear them yourself, do not stand near the lines as it could put you at risk of an electric shock, and call SaskPowers outage line at 1(306) 310-2220, or in states of emergency call 911.

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