Nova Scotia Power crews working to restore power

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Nova Scotia Power crews working to restore power

February 13, 2017
HALIFAX, NS – The severe blizzard continues to move through Nova Scotia, and Nova Scotia Power crews and contract crews are working in extreme weather conditions to assess damage and restore power to our customers.

“Our crews appreciate the support and gratitude they’re seeing from our customers,” said Matt Drover, NS Power Storm Lead.

Crews had safely restored power to almost 16,000 customers by 4 p.m. and won’t stop until everyone’s power is back on. Blizzard conditions have slowed restoration efforts.

“Winds are above 80 km/h in some areas of the province, which makes it unsafe for our powerline technicians to go up in buckets, and white-out conditions have forced them to pull off the road in some areas,” Drover said.

While the worst of the weather has passed in the western and central regions of the province, this is a very slow moving storm. Heavy snow and high winds are forecasted to continue through to Tuesday, so NS Power expects more outages will occur.

“We prepared extensively for this storm with more than 380 field personnel positioned throughout the province to respond to outages as soon as it’s safe to do so. These personnel include NS Power line crews, contractor line crews, forestry crews and damage assessment teams,” Drover said.

The utility is estimating power restoration of the majority of our customers for Tuesday evening. With heavy snow making it difficult to access outage locations and high winds making it unsafe for crews to be up in buckets, those estimates reflect when NS Power expects to have power restored to 95% of our customers within outage areas.

Drover said as the storm progresses and the utility has a better assessment of damage to the electrical system, those estimates may change. Additionally, once crews are able to field validate damage at individual outage locations, NS Power will update those individual estimated restoration times to give our customers more specific information.

All updates are immediately posted on the utility’s outage map at www.nspower.ca/outages, and are also available by calling our outage information line at 1-877-428-6004.