Wind storm hammers Grise Fiord and Pangnirtung, Nunavut
'Our area of town is shut down because there's no light and no heat,' says Grise Fiord resident
About half of Grise Fiord, Nunavut, is still without power after the community was hammered by a powerful wind storm Monday night.
At one point, Grise Fiord — the territory's most northerly community — was completely without power when the roof of a house ripped off and took down a power line.
Arnarulunnguaq Audlaluk says she barely slept Monday night as winds howled at over 100 km/h.
"Our area of town is shut down because there's no light and no heat," she says.
"There's some wires that need to be fixed in town and the pole broke where my sister lives and brother lives."
Qulliq Energy Corporation representatives have been on the situation since 3 a.m., according to Andy Burns, the company's operations manager.
"Once the winds died down the plant operator was able to go and disconnect the damaged section and restore power to about 50 per cent of the community," says Burns. "And that's where we sit now."
Environment Canada still has a blizzard warning in effect for Grise Fiord today, with wind gusts of up to 110 km/h that will weaken this evening.
Audlaluk says the winds were still blasting Grise Fiord Tuesday morning, so people don't know the full extent of the damage. But she's certain there will need to be a big cleanup once the storm passes.
"My sister's shack was broken to pieces and we couldn't salvage a lot."
Pangnirtung winds hit 109 km/h
At least one house was extensively damaged when the roof was ripped off and the oil tank blew over.
As of Tuesday morning, only three customers were still without power in the community.