Power restoration continues across the province

HALIFAX, NS – Nova Scotia Power restored electricity to thousands of customers overnight and expects the majority of the more than 175,000 customers who lost their power during a powerful wind and rain storm to be restored by 11 a.m. Thursday.

“Nova Scotia Power crews worked through the night to restore power to customers,” Storm Lead Steve Pothier said this morning.

Most of the remaining fewer than 20,000 outages are located in the eastern and Cape Breton areas where Pothier said the utility estimates the majority of customers will be restored by 11 a.m. tomorrow. Remaining outages in the western and central areas are expected to be restored today.

NS Power has 122 power line crews and 27 tree trimming crews out today focused particularly on restoration efforts on the eastern mainland and in Cape Breton. As crews clear up the remaining outages in the western and central areas of the province they will join these crews in the eastern region to support restoration.

“This storm has caused a number of challenges and a lot of our focus has been on 911 emergency calls, critical infrastructure and working to access areas and roads impacted by flooding. Today, with over 150,000 of our customers restored since the beginning of the storm, customers in areas that are still affected by outages will begin to see even more of our crews in the area,” said Pothier.

NS Power has been working closely with EMO since the storm began and coordinating with them to ensure they know when streets are accessible and line crews can get in to restore power for customers.

Crews can now transition from focusing efforts on 911 emergencies and restoring critical infrastructure such as hospitals and larger transmission lines to smaller outages and prioritizing customers who have been out for the longest. As flooding subsides, the utility will also assess poles for potential structural damage due to erosion.

NS Power would like to remind customers to use caution if there is water near electrical panels or equipment in their homes. The utility recommends taking every precaution not to come into contact with the water or the equipment until power is disconnected. NSP has a list of electricians on the homepage of its website.

For the most up to date outage information, visit outagemap.nspower.ca