NB Power Ice Storm Restoration Update – February 4, 2017, 11:45 a.m.
Crews are working in the Acadian Peninsula today, continuing to restore power to customers affected by last week's ice storm.
At 10 a.m., approximately 1400 customers were still without power as a result of the storm, down from our peak of approximately 133,000 last week.
We met our target to restore 90 per cent of customers in the Acadian Peninsula last evening. We still expect the vast majority of customers to be reconnected by the end of the weekend.
There will be exceptions to this including those with very complex issues including damage to their electrical entrances, or very rural or seasonal properties.
This progress will depend on weather and working conditions and specific challenges that may be experienced by our crews on the ground.
We are updating estimated restoration times on our website several times a day and customers are encouraged to check online for progress related to their particular outage.
We have 303 crews on the ground in affected areas.
We know this is a very difficult time for our customers in these regions and we appreciate their patience as we focus efforts on reconnecting their homes as quickly and safely as possible.
Working conditions remain challenging for our crews with cold weather and thick ice on equipment. For those remaining without power, NB Power encourages customers to visit warming centres for food, comfort and additional information on government services that are available.
Some cases are very complex, with damage to electrical equipment including masts attached to homes. Residents with damage to their electrical mast or other equipment should call NB Power at 1 800 663-6272 for a disconnect before a certified electrician can perform work.
We understand some residents are salvaging broken poles for their own use. Please do not burn these poles as firewood under any circumstance as they are chemically treated and will release harmful fumes.
Also, please stay clear of downed lines, tree and equipment for safety reasons. Please also drive slowly in affected areas and watch for crews working to restore power near the roads.