UPDATE: Power restoration work continues on Northern Peninsula

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Outage advisory still in place for Plum Point area and Norris Point

Hydro line workers Allan Wilton and Andrew Toope repair downed power lines in Rocky Harbour following a severe wind and snow storm on Sunday. — Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro photo

Crews from Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro are continuing work today to restore power for customers on the Northern Peninsula affected by a winter storm outage.

Power for customers in Norris Point has been restored, according to Hydro spokeswoman Merissa King. Wind caused a roof to blow off the top of a property in Rocky Harbour. The roof came in contact with a power line supplying customers in Norris Point.

“They made some temporary repairs there, but there’s still a lot of down power lines in Rocky Harbour, but it’s not affecting power supply,” said King.

Several communities remain without power, including those in the areas of Plum Point, Green Island Cove, Bellburn, and Trout River. Hydro did not have estimates available for power restoration in those areas as of midday Monday.

Additional crews are expected to arrive in the area from central Newfoundland on Monday to assist with repairs.

“Factors are changing fairly frequently as crews can get around,” said King. “What they’ll do is try to bring back as many customers as possible, but they may not get a full community back at the same time. On days like today, it’s always a challenge to provide exact restoration times.”

Hydro earlier announced that service in some communities where power was restored may be interrupted to avoid overloading the system. As many as 4,600 customers were without power on the Northern Peninsula overnight.

Approximately 30 customers in Natuashish are without power today because of an issue with a distribution line. King said poor weather in Happy Valley-Goose Bay was preventing crews from travelling to the northern Labrador community to investigate the problem.

“As soon as the weather conditions improve and we are able to get a flight to Natuashish, we’ll sent a crew in to investigate,” she said.

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Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro (Hydro) is reporting that power has been restored to all customers on the Northern Peninsula, except Plum Point and surrounding communities.

Following a severe winter storm Sunday night, about 4,600 customers lost power overnight. Newfoundland Hydro said crews were unable to continue restoration efforts for safety reasons.

Weather conditions improved early this morning, allowing crews to resume work. Customers in Hawke’s Bay, Port Saunders, Port Aux Choix, St. Anthony and Roddickton are being supplied power through diesel generation. Hydro is requesting customers in St. Anthony and Roddickton to limit electricity use this morning. If load becomes too high, Hydro may interrupt power to some customers to avoid overloading the system.

Crews continue power restoration efforts this morning for about 1,000 customers in Plum Point and surrounding communities and Norris Point as they resolve issues related to Sunday night’s storm.

Hydro says it apologizes for any inconvenience and appreciates the patience of its customers. Updates are available from the Hydro Power Outages and Emergencies 24-hour line at 1-888-737-1296. Regular updates are also provided at Twitter.com/NLHydro and www.facebook.com/NLHydro.



Organizations: Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro, Hydro Power Outages, Twitter.com/NLHydro

Geographic location: Plum Point, Northern Peninsula, Norris Point St. Anthony Roddickton Hawke Port Saunders Port Aux Choix

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  • Winston Adams
    February 18, 2013 - 16:25

    Calvin, with a little further attention to detail, the photo shows a downed low voltage power line in a residential/ commercial area. The main power line which is probably 69 kv is not that line. It is higher , and usually more remote from buildings. To lose 50 communities, for an extended period, suggest problems on the main lines. Perhaps you have knowledge of the details?

  • Winston Adams
    February 18, 2013 - 13:43

    Calvin, I admit I am not as "TOP" as I once was. And with only 3 or 4 engineers dealing with these problems, all were near the top. Salt contamination was an accepted serious problem, in so far that the Northern Pensinula was and is a secondary priority as compared to St John's. And there was no simple solution. I , and no other , was 'top' enough to find a solution to the salt spray problem. Sometimes engineers have to buckle to mother nature. I trust my memory is sufficient to recall that that area was very troublesome for salt spray problems.As they say , you attack the messanger, and ignore the message. When you factor out direct wind damage, salt spray was the most often cause of problems on the Northern Peninsula. Another article said 50 communities were without power? With these outages and recent ones,how many are salt related? I asked the question, has there been a solution for salt air flashovers? And how can it not be a contaminant, and a serious risk factor for Muskrat falls reliability?You know outages there get little attention in St Johns. If they affect St Johns it's a different story.

  • Calvin
    February 18, 2013 - 12:47

    Read the article Winston, a roof blew off of a structure and knocked down the lines, I imagine you were one of Hydro's top engineers with that kind of attention to detail.

  • Winston Adams
    February 18, 2013 - 08:52

    There have been repeated outages on the northern Peninsula this past few weeks due to "storms". This area is exposed to salt spray blown inland which causes flash overs and outages. It is likely the worst area in the province. As an engineer with Nfld Hydro in the 1970s I was familiar with this. This is now the route of the Muskrat Falls line. And their report said salt is not a contaminant!. I feel this is a seriious misrepresentation of the reliability of this transmission line. I have raised this issue a number of times, yet no media seeks a clarification from Nalcor. Have they solved the salt problem? These present outages suggests otherwise. Sure a storm caused it. But lots of storms don't result in outages. Were lines knocked down? was it lightning? Was it salty air on the insulators? St John's residents take heed, as this problem will be one for the capital when Muskrat is our source.