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A powerful windstorm affecting the southern part of Saskatchewan knocked out power to a number of communities last week, resulting in water advisories being issued.

The storm, which began on the evening of October 17, had 17 weather stations across the province reporting wind speeds of over 100km/hr.

According to some media reports, Moosejaw was the windiest city on the planet that day with gusts reaching 131km/hr.

11 small communities across the province issued water advisories once their power was knocked out. These include Allan, Alvena, Englefeld, Richmound, Stenen, Togo, Endeavour, Frontier, Lintlaw, Smiley and Dodsland.

A representative from the town of Allan who asked not to be named, told this reporter that the storm knocked out power to the community on the 18th for about seven hours.

A precautionary drinking water advisory was issued on the 19th as the pumps at the treatment plant were not working during the outage.

This resulted in a depressurization of the water supply system, during which contaminants of a chemical and biological nature could enter the system.

Once the power was back up and running a flushing was necessary, after which some testing occurred.

"We're hoping to have it lifted by tomorrow," they said, "We've taken both sets of samples and took them in today to the lab at the SRC (Saskatchewan Research Council) in Saskatoon."

The entire community has been helping to make sure everyone is aware of the advisory.

"Between text messages, Facebook postings, signs and knocking on doors, we've been doing whatever it takes," she said

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