Power outages plague Baie Verte and Northern peninsulas

Andrew Robinson
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More than 30 communities along the Baie Verte and Northern peninsulas were without power Thursday as a result of severe weather in those regions, with many not expecting to have power restored until today, according to information provided by electric utility companies.

A spokeswoman for Newfoundland Power said the community of Wild Cove lost power early Thursday morning, and though crews were nearby, they could not enter the community due to a road closure resulting from several feet of accumulated snow.

She said the electric company hoped to have power restored to the 60 customers in that area by suppertime today.

An outage in Seal Cove left 120 customers without power, but the spokeswoman said the company hoped to have power restored there by 10 p.m. Thursday.

The majority of power outages were for Newfoundland Hydro customers.

It was reported 29 communities were experiencing outages as of 9 p.m. Thursday.

An hour later, nine of those towns had no specific timeline set for when power would be restored, including Fleur de Lys, L’Anse aux Meadows, Raleigh, Ship Cove, and Coachman’s Cove. 

A further 11 were due to have power restored today. Some of those towns included Middle Arm, Burlington, Pacquet and Nipper’s Harbour.

Power was restored to Harbour Round, Brent’s Cove, Shoe Cove, La Scie, Westport, Flatwater Pond Cabin Area, Purbeck’s Cove, and for customers in the St. Anthony and Roddickton area Thursday, but Newfoundland Hydro advised they could experience intermittent outages today.

A spokeswoman for Newfoundland Hydro said its crews were dealing with multiple broken poles, and conductors were down in some cases.

Ice, snow and high winds were among the contributing factors.

In a public advisory issued before the wet and wintery weather hit its area,  Central Health advised people receiving care at home to know how to access medical services in their community or surrounding area in the event of a communications outage.

Meanwhile, a break in the fibre optic line near Deer Lake left much of the Northern Peninsula without phone, cellular and Internet service.

The RCMP advised residents of the area through a news release it was concerned they may have trouble reaching the police during the service interruption.

The RCMP said telecommunication crews were working on the issue.

Residents of the area were advised to keep an eye on neighbours to ensure everyone was safe during the outage.


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Organizations: Newfoundland Hydro, Newfoundland Power, RCMP

Geographic location: Baie Verte, Wild Cove, Seal Cove Fleur de Lys Raleigh Ship Cove Middle Arm Burlington Shoe Cove La Scie Westport Flatwater Pond Cabin Area St. Anthony Roddickton Deer Lake Northern Peninsula

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