UPDATE - Tree falls on main power line feeding P.E.I.

Nigel Armstrong
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Just over 25,000 customers were suddenly without power Tuesday after a tree fell on Y103, a power line bringing electricity to all of P.E.I.

Just after 3 p.m. there was a dip in power that startled  people across the Island but for some, the power simply went out in parts of Summerside and areas west to Tignish, plus Stratford and areas East towards Montague.

Charlottetown was unaffected by the disruption.

Maritime Electric had to fire up local generator systems as it searched for the cause, said a Maritime Electric spokesperson.

The New Brunswick power cable comes ashore at Richmond Cove on P.E.I. and from there big power lines take the electricity to the Bedeque substation where it gets distributed to the rest of the Island.

One of those big overhead power lines from Richmond Cove to Bedeque is called Y103 and a tree fell over on that line, said the spokesperson.

Crews had the situation fixed and power restored to most locations within 40 minutes.

In the meantime, power suddenly went out in the Hunter River area from about 4:20 to 5:50 p.m. affecting some 3,700 customers, likely due to the switching between on-Island generation and restoring power from the cable.

Organizations: Maritime Electric

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, Georgetown, Vernon River Murray Harbour Murray River Summerside Tignish

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  • Rebecca Clark
    August 15, 2012 - 07:35

    I was in Bedeque around 2:00 yesterday and just happened to see that there were workers cleaning up bushes/trees around those large powerlines...It seems like an odd coincidence, yet Maritime Electric says they had to search for the problem...

  • Too bad
    August 15, 2012 - 07:17

    What rotten luck. Trees one time, squirrels another.

  • bruce macewen
    August 15, 2012 - 00:06

    So,let me get this right - Maritime Eccentric doesn't know enough or isn't willing to spend a few measly $$$ to keep a few trees away from the BLOODY MAIN POWER LINE TO ALL OF PEI ?!? Yeah,I thought that was it...

    • Ulfric
      August 16, 2012 - 19:49

      If the tree was taller than the right-of-way is wide then there is nothing they can do about it. People naturally hate the power company, therefore will not allow them to cut them. I've been a contractor for power companies and know this from experience.

  • Look around
    August 14, 2012 - 20:21

    For goodness sake people look around.They can't aford to keep e-rooms open for the sick,can't cover the cost to keep the power grid working(cable),and can't even keep enough water to the cities that we have been pushed into.BUT they can afford to build new highways threw the woodlands!,give MILLIONS out in PNP bribes,and build sand -dunes in Borden!! This Island is toast..Better move west while we have the chance.At least there they have the money to back the crooked deals,Eh Mr Harper----------

    • See ya
      August 15, 2012 - 08:50

      Well now don't let us stop you from leaving. If everything you state is true why would you stay?

  • wondering
    August 14, 2012 - 17:53

    Why was it out?

    • Charlie Sheen
      Charlie Sheen
      August 15, 2012 - 05:53

      Read the article. A tree fell on the main power line to PEI's power supply.

  • Dawn Keith
    August 14, 2012 - 16:46

    I'm in Murray Harbour, just outside of the village. We didn't experience any power outages today.