Isolated outages remain in St. John’s area

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Airfield reopens following two-day closure

Saturday was a clean-up day for the thousands and thousands of homeowners in and around the capital city region following Friday's blizzard, which saw old man winter dump some 52 centimetres of snow on the Northeast Avalon region. Newfoundland Power crews are still working to restore power to affected areas. Here on Cordelia Drive in Torbay late Saturday afternoon, Newfoundland Power lineman Jeremy McCarthy, left, checks out this utility pole on the street as he and fellow lineman Chad Simms, right, exiting truck, were in the town restoring power to affected homeowners.

Between 300 and 400 Newfoundland Power customers remain without electricity as of Sunday afternoon following a lengthy snowstorm that started Thursday evening.

According to company spokeswoman Michele Coughlan, those individual cases are primarily located in the St. John’s metro area.

With the remaining outages, power can be restored to between five and 10 customers at a time.

“It’s not like when you’re able to restore a major feeder and you’re getting thousands of customers back at a time,” said Coughlan.

Approximately 30 crews are working Sunday to restore power.

There were 800 customers without power to start the day, and Coughlan said the remaining customers experiencing outages should have power restored by early Sunday evening, barring unforeseen issues.

Meanwhile, the airfield at St. John’s International Airport reopened at midnight Sunday. It had been closed since Thursday evening because of the storm and snowfall accumulation exceeding 50 centimetres.

A spokeswoman for the airport authority said passengers impacted by the storm should check with their airline, as additional departures are scheduled for Sunday and larger planes are in use.

For more on this story, read Monday's edition of The Telegram.

Organizations: Newfoundland Power, International Airport

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  • Joe S
    January 14, 2013 - 14:12

    That NL Power...What a bunch! Geez, b'ys get your generators quick, it's 2013 and you can't even depend on the power if someone breaks wind outside now! What a dump this place is!

  • Christine
    January 13, 2013 - 19:04

    Hoping that if you have power and your neighbour doesn't, you have stretched some extension cords across the road et al. Or have given them some hot water or a place to warm up!

  • stan
    January 13, 2013 - 15:57

    Re the airport authority statement 'closed since Thursday evening because of the storm and snowfall accumulation exceeding 50 centimetres'. What a crock!!!! Heard the same spokeswoman on CBC radio realier today stating it was a record snowfall' i.e. 50cm. She should check her facts. A 50 cm snowfall is not unheard off around here. Just 6 or 7 years ago we that or more and the Airport wasn't shut down for 21/2 days..All who travel through there know the problem. Until such time when they have a board with people who are knowledgeable of airplanes, runways, and aviation in general, we are pretty much at the mercy of incompetents .. I have been around airports for near 50 years and never seen the like of this length of closure.. Poeple of St. John's wake up..