P.E.I. power outages continue

Some residents may wait until Thursday before lights back on

Jim Day jday@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on November 29, 2016

Maritime Electric crews work to repair numerous downed electric poles in Seven Mile Road Tuesday.

©Submitted photo

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - Some Islanders may be without power until Thursday.

Extensive damage from Sunday’s storm combined with problems with snow and ice melting is hampering efforts to restore power, says Maritime Electric spokeswoman Kim Griffin.

“The damage is extensive,’’ says Griffin.

“An ice storm is so unpredictable.’’

Outages have fluctuated over the past two hours from 1,900 to 3,000.

We have lots of inventory equipment. Everything is working well on our end. It’s just time (to get the work done). The crews are a pretty determined bunch. Kim Griffin

Power was recently restored to Georgetown, leaving just under 2,000 customers without power.

Griffin says Maritime Electric has 40 crews working on restoring power with a number of spotter teams assisting.

Crews are out around the clock.

“We have lots of inventory equipment,’’ says Griffin.

“Everything is working well on our end. It’s just time (to get the work done). The crews are a pretty determined bunch.’’

Eastern P.E.I. took the brunt of Mother Nature Sunday with wet snow, high winds and freezing rain combining to topple more than 90 poles in that part of the province.

Close to 12,400 Island customers lost power over Sunday night.

Charlottetown’s Public Works Department expects to be de-icing and/or clearing and hauling snow tonight. Motorists are advised that the overnight winter parking restrictions will be enforced throughout the city at the discretion of Charlottetown Police Services.

Anyone parking on city streets tonight is taking a risk that they may be ticketed and/or towed.