About 5,000 Islanders still without power

Maureen Coulter comment@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on July 6, 2014
Maritime Electric workers restore power near Pondside Park in Stratford Saturday afternoon.
Guardian photo by Mitch MacDonald

While the worst may be over, about 5,000 Maritime Electric customers are still without power following post-tropical storm Arthur.

Maritime Electric had their work cut out for them Saturday as strong gusts took down several power lines with a total of more than 20,000 customers losing power.

While 4,000 people were without power Saturday evening, as post-hurricane Arthur’s winds and rain continued throughout the night that number rose.

Kris Jackson, communications officer at Maritime Electric, said the power outage calls started around 11 a.m. Saturday.

“There were significant outages after that and it continued all day.”

Jackson said the larger outages happened in the eastern part of the Island in Kings County near Scotchfort and Mount Stewart.

A tree fell on a transmission line that runs into the Scotchfort sub-station affecting 3,000 people. A few of the poles need to be replaced and crews are out there now working on them, he said.

Though crews were working overnight on power lines, 19 crews are out today in hopes to restore people’s power.

“We are going to continue to restore to everybody as quickly and as safely as possible.”

Jackson advises if people see a downed power line to stay away and to call Maritime Electric.

“We don’t anybody to go near them we have the trained people to go out and fix that.”