Power restoration complete

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Power restoration complete

February 2, 2016

HALIFAX, NS – Nova Scotia Power has completed restoration of electrical service to all customers who lost power due to the weekend’s winter storm.

It’s been a long few days for some of our customers, so we’re very glad to have this work complete,” said Paul Casey, NS Power Storm Lead and Senior Director of Transmission & Distribution. “By Sunday morning, we had power restored to 90% of the customers who lost service during the storm, but thousands more went out Sunday and Monday because of storm-weakened trees falling into lines. Also, we had hundreds of single-customer outages, which are always the last restorations to be completed.”

At the peak of the storm, approximately 67,000 Nova Scotia Power customers lost power as snow and ice covered trees made contact with power lines, downed lines, and broke poles. In the aftermath of storms like this, weakened trees can cause outages for days afterward, so further outages could occur later this week as a result of the storm.

“Our crews and the contract crews who joined us did an amazing job,” Casey said. “They worked in terrible weather during the storm. They fought through deep snow to access remote lines through woodland areas. They worked long hours, night and day, away from their families. Now, they’re finally getting a well-deserved rest – but not all of them at once.”

Crews will continue to do non-outage clean-up, such as removing trees that are leaning over lines but not causing outages. They will also do “feeder sweeps,” looking for storm damage risks that need to be addressed to prevent future outages.

Nova Scotia Power would like to publicly acknowledge and thank the contract crews who assisted in the restoration work, including:

Power Line Technicians

  • Emera Utility Services
  • Holland Power Services
  • K-Line Construction
  • Gagnon Construction
  • Tri-Wire Line Construction
  • New Brunswick Power

Forestry Crews

  • Asplundh Tree Service
  • Lucas Tree Experts
  • GPF Contracting
  • Atlantic Arborists

As of 6:30 p.m., all outages that occurred Friday through Monday have been repaired. The few remaining outages were new outages that occurred Tuesday, and outages in which the customer had damage to their own electrical equipment, which they need to have repaired by an electrician before Nova Scotia Power can safely reconnect service.