New Brunswick

Possible third day without power for some New Brunswickers

About 1,500 NB Power customers still without electricity Sunday morning, with estimated restoration times ranging from 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

About 1,500 NB Power customers still without electricity Sunday morning

NB Power says outages are mainly due to downed trees making contact with power lines. (Shane Fowler/CBC)

Some homes and businesses in New Brunswick could spend another full day without electricity.

Almost 1,500 NB Power customers are still without power, mostly in the Kennebecasis Valley, as of 10 a.m. Sunday.

Estimated restoration times are as late as 11 p.m. across the province.

More than 50,000 customers lost power during a windstorm on Friday. 

NB Power has more than 165 crews mobilized in full restoration mode today. Additional contracted crews arrived this morning to assist with the restoration efforts.

"We encourage customers to stay safe and if they see any downed lines, to stay at least 10 metres away from the line and anything touching them, including trees, as they may still be energized," a message on the utility's website says.

"If there is a tree on lines near your property, never attempt to prune or remove these trees — direct or indirect contact with a power line can be fatal."

Prolonged outage unexpected

The Kennebecasis Valley was one of the places hit hardest by Friday's storm.

Quispamsis Deputy Mayor Libby O'Hara said the area is fairly suburban with lots of trees near power lines.

"And when those trees come down and take power lines with them the results are that our residents and our businesses are often without power," she said.

O'Hara said she doesn't think people were expecting or prepared for outages lasting this long.

The town opened its recreation centre Saturday for water and charging devices.

"So many people are on wells and septic systems that they can't even use their bathrooms, they can't shower, they can't flush the toilet. And and that's where the frustration lies," O'Hara said.

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O'Hara said sustained outages like this are a hard pill for people to swallow with the current power rates.

"This is something that we've grown accustomed to. And and we can't be tolerating these long outages."

She said she's heard concerns from people about losing the food in their refrigerators and freezers, as well as businesses that have lost revenue from being closed for several days at a time.

She suggested a more aggressive tree cutting to prune trees that are too close to power lines.

"We've got residents here who expect a level of service, who expect their power to come into their homes and that they're not going to be, you know, losing power with every windstorm or every ice storm or every snowstorm."

With files from Melissa Friedman