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Almost all Nova Scotia Power customers reconnected


Linemen work on restoring power on Inglis Street in Halifax on Tuesday morning, Sept. 10, 2019. - Ryan Taplin
Linemen work on restoring power on Inglis Street in Halifax on Tuesday morning, Sept. 10, 2019. - Ryan Taplin

Power restoration is almost complete in hurricane Dorian’s wake.

The Nova Scotia Power outage map identified fewer than 100 customers still without power as of 6:30 a.m., on Monday.

“We plan to complete restoration tonight (Sunday) except for a very small number of property owners who we are working with to complete repairs to their own equipment before power can be reconnected, and a few seasonal properties that didn’t require urgent restoration,” NSP spokeswoman Patti Lewis said early Sunday evening.

“Also, crews will continue working tomorrow (Monday) on the LaHave Islands where Dorian took down several poles and several hundred metres of power lines. Work crews and equipment must be transported by helicopter or boat.

“We are extremely grateful for the support we received and the phenomenal co-operation that allowed us to safely respond to the damage left by Dorian.”

Earlier in the day, the utility on its Facebook page thanked work crews and contractors for their outstanding work.

“We’ve got 930 power line technicians and 262 forestry technicians working today (Sunday) to get us over the finish line and restore power to these remaining customers as soon as possible,” the post said.

Nova Scotia Power said it was seeing a large number of single-customer outages and that more than 200 customers were without power because of a new outage that occurred Sunday morning on Pepperell Street in Halifax.

The utility’s efforts garnered Facebook appreciation posts.

“A huge thank you and hopefully you will all be able to get home soon to deal with your own Dorian cleanups,” wrote Trudy MacDonald.

“Thank you so much.”

Still, other commenters were critical of the power company’s performance.

“If the regular maintenance was done year round then maybe they wouldn’t have to work the long hours when we get a little wind,” wrote Brian Hiltz.

Dermar Marder wrote: “If the lines were properly maintained, meaning cleared of trees and branches, there would have been much less problems.”

Juanita Sullivan thanked NSP employees for all the work that they have done over the week.

“I just wish those in power to do so would upgrade power lines and make people who refuse to cut their trees back from power lines pay fines,” she said. “Not sure why those in power refuse to look at U.S. states constantly impacted by hurricanes and how they deal with getting power back on fast without working power crews to death. But what do I know? I was brought up in Florida.”

Company spokeswoman Andrea Anderson said Friday that Dorian was a massive storm.

“With fallen trees and all of the damage left behind, some of this restoration work is taking twice as long as we might have expected,” she said.

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