Some Nova Scotians are still without electricity on Sunday, after a winter storm knocked out power to thousands of homes and businesses on Friday.
The first significant Easter in 2022 dropped from five to 45 centimeters of wet snow across the province with gusts between 70-100 km / h.
The strong wind and heavy snow knocked out power to more than 66,000 Nova Scotia Power customers Friday night.
The number of interruptions fell steadily on Saturday, but about 10,000 were still waiting for restoration late in the day.
Most of the prolonged outages have been in communities along the Fundy Shore and in the Annapolis Valley, which received significant snowfall.
Some snowfall in total from Maritimes from kl. 8 in the morning.
Huge gradient with almost 5 cm along the Atlantic coast to 20-30 + cm for northern northern, southern NB & PEI!
Gusts 70-100 + km / h led to power outages and snow drifts.
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Jackie Foster, a spokeswoman for Nova Scotia Power, said there are about 250 people working in the field to restore power to those areas on Sunday.
“The challenges are really about access, so it could be road conditions, and crews have slower time to get to the area to access the damage,” Foster said Sunday. “The deep snow has also presented some challenges, so those are some of the things our crews face today.”
From kl. 13.30 AT Sunday, about 2,000 Nova Scotia Power customers is still without power.
Brenda Thompson, who lives just south of the Annapolis Royal, was among those without power late Sunday morning.
Thompson said losing power has become so routine in her rural area that she is now an expert.
“We have to be prepared for days and days and days at a time without power, every time we have any kind of snowstorm or hurricane or windstorm,” she said. “It’s just constant out here in rural Nova Scotia.”
Despite being prepared with a wood-burning stove, headlamps, candles and battery packs, she said the usual outcomes become a bit of a pain after 24 hours in the dark.
“You have other things going on in your life. You have to get on with your business. You have to go to work. You have to travel along the road and all this. You’ve got to come on with life, “she said.
Thompson said she appreciates the work the Nova Scotia Power crews are doing on the ground, but she’s starting to get frustrated.
“They keep saying, ‘Oh, you get it [back] at this point, ‘and we just know that half the time is not going to happen, so we just keep going.’
Foster asked for patience as the crews continue to work through the interruptions Sunday.
“Our crews are working as hard as they can to make this happen as quickly and as safely as possible. We recognize the challenges. We’ve moved more resources in, and it’s really all hands on deck.”
According to Nova Scotia Power Output Card, the power is expected to be restored in most places this afternoon.
Food deliveries delayed
The recent winter storm has also led to delays in food deliveries across the region.
A few Halifax grocery stores had empty product shelves Sunday afternoon, and at least one had put up a sign attributing the lack of storm delays.
Jean-Marc Picard of the Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association said delivery trucks would have been pulled off the road as Friday’s snowstorm swept through.
“They tend to wait until the roads are better and conditions are better, which of course can cause delays. And if there are delays in certain loads, then it will also affect the next loads,” Picard said Sunday.
“It’s a trickle-down effect.”
Picard said deliveries should be back on track on Monday, but the ongoing shortage of truck drivers could make delays longer than usual.
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