Update: Power outages in eastern Newfoundland will take longer to fix than first thought

Staff ~ The Telegram
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Newfoundland Power crews are struggling to get power turned back on in the Conception Bay North and Bonavista Peninsula areas as bad weather hampers their efforts.
Michelle Coughlan, a spokeswoman for Newfoundland Power, says it will take longer to restore power than first thought.
She says seven transmission lines are affected by a continuing ice storm that has knocked out power to a good portion of the Conception Bay North area and the Bonavista Peninsula.
As a temporary measure, starting Sunday evening Newfoundland Power will start running temporary power generators and will be diverting power from any available hydro sources for use in the two affected areas.
There won't be enough capacity for all the households in the area, meaning residents will face rotating outages. They will get power for two to three hours, before it's diverted to the next area.
Coughlan is saying that power will likely be restored to the Conception Bay area by Monday night, while the Bonavista Peninsula will possibly get its power back Tuesday evening.
Because the storm is still hovering over the area, however, Coughlan wouldn't rule out the possibility of longer outages for some areas.
Newfoundland Power will continue to update its website as work is done and further updates will be posted here as they become available.
www.newfoundlandpower.com

Organizations: Newfoundland Power

Geographic location: Eastern Newfoundland, Conception Bay

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  • Paul from the Rock
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    el Chepo Way ... put your brain in gear before you type, for the love of pete! Imaging digging in our terrain to put underground wires around the island! Have you ever flown over this great land?

    And above ground conduit?!? Like, no sleet or freezing rain will stick to that either!?! And who do you think will pay for all of that very expensive and flawed design....ratepayers of course. Then you'll be complaining about the power rates! Unbelieveable. Any more bright ideas?

  • Dave
    July 02, 2010 - 13:30

    My prayers and thoughts are with the families whose lives have been affected by the ice storm. The Island has been truly bombarded thiswinter with severe weather and we haveto be hopeful Spring will be here soon.

  • Jo
    July 02, 2010 - 13:24

    Compensated for what? Who can you possibly blame the weather on? These comments get more idiotic every day... they're so amusing to read!

  • lindy
    July 02, 2010 - 13:23

    whats the use of nl power updating their website if the people who need the info dont have any power

  • wilson
    July 02, 2010 - 13:23

    In cities and towns on sewer and water, the ground is already excavated when they lay the pipes under the roadways. It's in these areas, not the major overland trunks, where most of the problems occur. So where's the extra expense ? A groundlevel metal tranformer box versus a wooden pole ? We're talking pennies here.

  • Laughable
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    Why should people be compensated by NL Power? It was an ice storm and tehre isn't much they could have done.

    Why are people so quick to make such demands?

  • el Cheapo Way
    July 02, 2010 - 13:18

    Too bad NL Power uses the absolute cheapest way to set up a power grid. On hanging wires ! There are many places they can go below ground, I've been told so by an NL Power manager when he visited me when I discussed some issues about power in my area. In other places they could use above ground conduit. But hanging wires are the cheapest and fastest way and put more cash in the shareholder's pockets.

  • Cassandra
    July 02, 2010 - 13:16

    Will people be compensated for this? Ha, yeah right.

  • In the
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    Start dropping of the generators folks. It's going to be a chilly weekend. So much for that rebate. Going to need it to replace all the food that went bad.

  • George
    July 02, 2010 - 13:08

    Putting power lines under ground is expensive in most places. In NL with its rocky terrain it would be very expensive.

  • Paul from the Rock
    July 01, 2010 - 20:23

    el Chepo Way ... put your brain in gear before you type, for the love of pete! Imaging digging in our terrain to put underground wires around the island! Have you ever flown over this great land?

    And above ground conduit?!? Like, no sleet or freezing rain will stick to that either!?! And who do you think will pay for all of that very expensive and flawed design....ratepayers of course. Then you'll be complaining about the power rates! Unbelieveable. Any more bright ideas?

  • Dave
    July 01, 2010 - 20:18

    My prayers and thoughts are with the families whose lives have been affected by the ice storm. The Island has been truly bombarded thiswinter with severe weather and we haveto be hopeful Spring will be here soon.

  • Jo
    July 01, 2010 - 20:10

    Compensated for what? Who can you possibly blame the weather on? These comments get more idiotic every day... they're so amusing to read!

  • lindy
    July 01, 2010 - 20:09

    whats the use of nl power updating their website if the people who need the info dont have any power

  • wilson
    July 01, 2010 - 20:08

    In cities and towns on sewer and water, the ground is already excavated when they lay the pipes under the roadways. It's in these areas, not the major overland trunks, where most of the problems occur. So where's the extra expense ? A groundlevel metal tranformer box versus a wooden pole ? We're talking pennies here.

  • Laughable
    July 01, 2010 - 20:00

    Why should people be compensated by NL Power? It was an ice storm and tehre isn't much they could have done.

    Why are people so quick to make such demands?

  • el Cheapo Way
    July 01, 2010 - 19:59

    Too bad NL Power uses the absolute cheapest way to set up a power grid. On hanging wires ! There are many places they can go below ground, I've been told so by an NL Power manager when he visited me when I discussed some issues about power in my area. In other places they could use above ground conduit. But hanging wires are the cheapest and fastest way and put more cash in the shareholder's pockets.

  • Cassandra
    July 01, 2010 - 19:56

    Will people be compensated for this? Ha, yeah right.

  • In the
    July 01, 2010 - 19:49

    Start dropping of the generators folks. It's going to be a chilly weekend. So much for that rebate. Going to need it to replace all the food that went bad.

  • George
    July 01, 2010 - 19:43

    Putting power lines under ground is expensive in most places. In NL with its rocky terrain it would be very expensive.