Thousands left without power in Maritimes after New Year Blizzard
After the blizzard that hit the Maritimes on New Years Day, many residents were digging themselves out and waiting for their power to be restored after the snow and high winds knocked it out. Thousands of residents are still in the dark and flights have been grounded and travel is interrupted at a number of airports in the region.
About 49 centimetres of snow fell at the Charlottetown airport, but in nearby Nova Scotia 11,000 people are without power, and by this morning, it was recorded that about 7,000 to 8,500 people are still without power, and blizzard warnings are still in effect for the Cape Breton Highlands.
”The weather has to be quite adverse before it can stop us,” said Glennie Langille, a spokeswoman for the utility.
”High winds are probably the biggest problem for us in trying to respond. We either have whiteouts or, if we have gusts about 90 kilometres per hour, it's unsafe to put the bucket trucks up in the air.”
Ms. Langille said that about 100 power crews were working and that the utility hoped to have most customers reconnected by late morning.
About 6,000 people were without power at the beginning of last week in the same area, and then a few days later, more than 40,000 people were left without power in area. On Christmas Day, more than 8,000 people lost power after winds brought down trees, branches and power lines.