March 31 storm saw heavy ice build up on power lines, leading to snapped poles, downed lines and thousands of customers without power
© P.E.I. RCMP photo
RCMP tweeted this photo from Route 2 in Wellington Centre- Richmond on March 31.
A storm in March that left thousands of Islanders without power for days cost Maritime Electric about $400,000 to repair the damage.
But Kim Griffin, a spokeswoman for the utility, said those costs were already factored into contingency plans that were part of the P.E.I. Energy Accord.
“There’s going to be no new rate impact to customers,” she said.
The March 31 storm saw heavy ice build up on power lines around the province leading to snapped poles, downed lines and thousands of customers without power.
Griffin said a lot of crews were on the road but they had trouble getting to areas that needed repairs.
“We certainly found it a challenging storm to get to our customers.”
The ice snapped about 38 power poles and even after the storm was over Maritime Electric was doing repairs, Griffin said.
“It was pretty intense work.”
Despite the damage, the March 31 storm paled in comparison to the ice storm that hit P.E.I. in 2008.
That storm brought down about 300 poles and cost Maritime Electric $2 million in repairs.