DIGBY-YARMOUTH-SHELBURNE, N.S. – A major storm that ripped through Nova Scotia on Christmas Day and into the early morning hours of Boxing Day delivered winds that gusted over 100 km/hour and caused significant damage to the electricity system.
While Digby County was spared the worst of the damage, this morning there are still more than 2,100 customers without power in the Yarmouth and Shelburne regions, and Nova Scotia Power continues to report restoration times through their website at: http://outagemap.nspower.ca/external/default.html
“Crews and staff worked safely to restore more than 95,000 customers since the storm hit yesterday,” said Matt Drover, Nova Scotia Power’s Storm Lead. “Today we have more than 650 people dedicated to storm restoration efforts, including contractor crews from Nova Scotia and our New Brunswick neighbours.”
Nova Scotia Power reports the storm caused trees to fall on power lines, breaking utility poles and snapping lines and also stated they have almost 400 frontline personnel, and more than 250 support staff working around the clock.
“We will work around the clock until all customers have their power back,” said Matt Drover, Nova Scotia Power’s Storm Lead. “We understand it’s especially frustrating to experience an outage during the holidays, and we appreciate customers’ patience as our crews and support staff work to restore power as quickly as possible.”
As of noon on Boxing Day, Nova Scotia Power website reported there were still more than 1,200 outages across the province, with almost 50,000 customers affected.
Customers can continue to report outages to 1-877-428-6004, and Nova Scotia Power reminds all to watch for weakened trees and to stay away from downed power lines and to report them to this number immediately.