Power returns to Edmundston and surrounding areas
Thousands of NB Power and Edmundston Energy customers lost power Friday morning
Thousands of households and business in the Edmundston region finally have their power back after spending more than 24 hours in the dark.
A piece of equipment touching two transmission wires plunged the area into darkness around 6:30 a.m. on Friday.
More than 4,700 NB Power customers in in Edmundston, Riviere-Verte, Saint-Basile, Saint-Jacques and Saint-Joseph-de-Madawaska were affected by the outage.
Another 2,000 to 2,500 Edmundston Energy customers went without power as well.
NB Power conducted patrols on the ground and by air but was unable to pinpoint the problem Friday and overnight, said Marc Belliveau NB Power spokesperson.
It wasn't until Saturday morning that NB Power crews spotted the equipment touching the transmission line.
"It's very much like trying to fix your car or what have you," Belliveau said. "There's a problem and you think it could be one thing, but it turns out to be another thing."
The problem transmission line was located between Edmundston and Saint-Basile, a small parish in Madawaska County.
On Saturday afternoon, crews restored power to each community one by one to prevent overloading the grid.
Several warming centres opened in the community late Friday afternoon, including two overnight centres with beds and showers.
Jacques Doiron, Edmundston's EMO co-ordinator, said more than 40 people have visited the Sports Pavillion warming centre in Edmundston on Friday and Saturday. Twenty-five stayed overnight.
Doiron did not have numbers for the other centres, which included the fire hall in Lac-Baker, Cité des Jeunes A.M. Sormany in Edmundston and Baker Brook fire hall.
With files form Radio-Canada