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Manitoba Hydro wants your storm photos

Wednesday, October 23rd 2019, 6:27 pm - Your photos could be a big help to hydro officials.

Manitoba Hydro is calling on the public to submit storm photos and videos to help officials determine total damages.

The utility outlet requested the footage in a Tuesday press release, citing a Thanksgiving weekend storm that damaged at least 2,826 hydro poles.

Those poles have since been replaced, but high-water advisories remain in place for several jurisdictions, meaning there could be additional damages.

"People have been great," Bruce Owen, media relations officer at Manitoba Hydro told The Weather Network Wednesday afternoon.

"We put the notification out yesterday and we've gotten all sorts of stuff."

"We have lots of pictures of damages the storm caused to our systems. What we really need is what happened prior to that. We need the storm in action."

That includes using photos to understand how much snow fell and where it accumulated.

Owen says this will help hydro officials better understand the impact on their systems. Geo-tagging the photos and adding information about when the photos were taken and the weather conditions at the time are also useful, Owen says.

People are asked to send photos or videos of the recent storm and its aftermath to Manitoba Hydro at corporatecommunications@hydro.mb.ca.

CITIZEN PHOTOS AND STORM ASSESSMENT

Officials often rely on damage reports from the public to determine the severity of a storm.

Environment Canada depends on first-hand accounts when severe weather rolls through, especially during tornado season.

"For Environment Canada to confirm a tornado, they need some kind of evidence -- whether that be from photos, or videos, or from data collected in a damage survey," meteorologist Gina Ressler told The Weather Network in 2013.

"If they've received a lot of damage reports that they think might have been caused by a tornado, they'll send out a survey team."

VIDEO: IT COULD TAKE 5 YEARS TO REPLANT TREES DESTROYED IN THE STORM

*With files from the CBC. Thumbnail image uploaded to theweathernetwork.com.*

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