Update from Nova Scotia Power

HALIFAX – Nova Scotia Power crews worked throughout the night as a mix of freezing rain and snow battered the province. At the peak of the storm, 13,000 customers lost power after a build-up of snow and ice brought trees into contact with power lines.

After last weekend’s storm, many trees in the hardest hit areas of the province had been weakened and damaged. With the potential for outages overnight, the company mobilized close to half of their available power line crews to restore outages as they happened overnight.

“We knew this storm was coming and we were prepared,” says Paul Casey, Storm Lead and Senior Director of Transmission and Distribution. “Our crews were able to tackle many of the bigger outages overnight and we are committed to getting the rest of our customers back on today.”

The majority of customers who lost power overnight are waking up to their power restored. With a new wave of power line crews along with tree crews and damage assessment teams on the ground this morning, Nova Scotia Power expects to have all customers restored by 4pm today.

For information about outages and estimated restoration times, customers can visit our outage map  www.nspower.ca/outages, or call our toll-free outage information line 1-877-428-6004. Our map shows large outages only. To report outages that do not appear on the outage map, please call the outage information line.

Nova Scotia Power provides regular updates via Twitter and Facebook.

More information on being prepared for potential power outages is available at  www.nspower.ca/stormready.