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Thousands still without power in Maritimes


High winds were the cause of many power outages.
High winds were the cause of many power outages.

Lacy Atalick, staff writer

December 28, 2010 — Parts of Atlantic Canada are picking up the pieces in the aftermath of yet another Nor’easter storm.

Parts of the Maritimes are knee-deep in an “old-fashioned traditional winter storm.“
Parts of the Maritimes are knee-deep in an “old-fashioned traditional winter storm.“

New Brunswick Power spokesperson Meghan Gerrish said as of Tuesday morning there were about 8,600 customers without power, down from Monday’s total of 30,000. She said specifically the areas that are affected the most are Bouctouche and Miramichi.

“The storm has stabilized and we are looking to get things cleaned up. It’s a little bit easier, the blizzard-like conditions have tapered,” she said, explaining that allows the crews to access hard-hit areas.

Greg MacCallum, of New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization, said, “One of the things that we had to stop due to the storm yesterday was an inspection program of homes that had been impacted from flooding damage from a previous storm.”

“So it was a messy day for the province, and a lot of people opted to stay off the roads, for good reasons, but it was the old-fashioned traditional winter storm that everyone has experienced.”

In Nova Scotia, approximately 1,100 customers remained without power Tuesday morning, said Stacey Pineau of Nova Scotia Power. She emphasized the fact that two of the outages that they are currently dealing with didn’t occur until Tuesday morning, and were caused by strong winds that ripped down power lines. She expected most power to be restored by mid-afternoon.

Environment Canada has lifted storm watches and warnings for the area. Dayna Vettese, a meteorologist at The Weather Network, said most of the snowfall is currently taking place in Labrador, but parts of the Maritimes will still be faced with strong winds, resulting in blowing and drifting snow, as well as sea-effect snow.

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