Canso residents get power back after 60 hours in the dark
800 residents have temporary power solution while main lines are repaired
About 800 homes in the community of Canso in Guysborough County are no longer in the dark after strong winds and freezing rain downed power lines on Monday morning.
Nova Scotia Power officials said Canso now has a temporary power solution while crews work to restore the main lines.
"We've been able to … supply power to a distribution line that feeds that area," said Neera Ritcey, a spokeswoman for Nova Scotia Power. She said a generator is being brought in as a backup by Thursday night.
Canso is a client of Nova Scotia Power and has its own utility to distribute the power it provides to a main transmission line.
"We got through it," said Clarice Avery, who was without power until late Wednesday afternoon.
Avery and her husband visited the temporary shelter set up the fire hall.
"Everybody who had a generator were also bringing food to the fire hall," she said.
Vince Cohoon, Canso's fire chief, said the locals are resourceful.
"We were here at the fire station when things happened," said Cohoon, whose home was also without power.
"It was just like dominoes, the tops of the lamppost poles were just snap, snap snap and wires dancing everywhere."
Cohoon said it was warm enough that the pipes didn't freeze, but it was the "most freezing rain we've ever seen in my time."
While power in the community has been restored, there are a dozen homes still in the dark because of damage to their power mast poles, said Vernon Pitts, the Warden of the Municipality of Guysborough. Once homeowners repair these power mast poles at their own expense, they too can reconnect their power.
Ritcey said Canso's utility and Nova Scotia Power are working to repair the regular power lines and transmission, which should be restored by Sunday.
Pitts said the temporary solution in Canso means there isn't as much power to go around as they usually need — so he's asking people to use only what they need.
"As long as the power doesn't go off again, we're OK," said Avery.