Nova Scotia Power crews working to restore power

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Nova Scotia Power crews working to restore power

December 25, 2017
HALIFAX, NS – Nova Scotia Power crews have safely worked throughout the day restoring 58,000 customers as of 10 p.m. this evening. As winds continue to gust above 100 km/h, significant damage has be done to the electricity system in communities across Nova Scotia. Winds have caused trees to fall into power lines, broken utility poles, and snapped lines, which causes time-consuming repairs.

“As restoration efforts continue, we are bringing in 60 extra power line crews, including contractor crews from Nova Scotia and New Brunswick,” Matthew Drover, Nova Scotia Power Storm Lead.

As of tomorrow Nova Scotia Power will have 350 frontline personnel working to restore service to customers, including power line technicians, foresters, and damage assessment teams. Additionally, approximately 200 support staff, including supervisors, work planners, schedulers, dispatchers, engineers, safety specialists, and customer care representatives will be engaged in the effort.

Even with extra crews, damage is substantial and the company estimates that the vast majority of customers will be restored by noon Wednesday. Isolated outages impacting just a few customers each may take longer.

“Crews will continue to work to safely restore power as quickly as possible until all customers have their power back,” says Drover.

Nova Scotia Power would like to remind customers to protect their safety by treating all downed poles and lines as electrified. All updates are posted on the Nova Scotia Power outage map at outagemap.nspower.ca, and are also available by calling the company’s outage information line at 1-877-428-6004.