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About 5,000 Islanders remain in the dark as crews continue restoration efforts

Maritime Electric deployed another helicopter Thursday morning in an effort to assess whether further damage was caused by Wednesday's wind and rain. 

'I know how upset people are'

Trees are not only taking down power lines, they are also blocking access to the lines. (Submitted by Cory Gavin)

Maritime Electric used a helicopter again Thursday in an effort to assess whether further damage was caused by Wednesday's wind and rain.

The number of customers without power as of 8:23 p.m. AT Thursday was 5,131.

"We felt that it was important to get the helicopter back up just in case anything dead is leaning or might have even looked problematic for us," said utility spokesperson Kim Griffin said.

Crews assessing damage from the air found an additional 10 poles down, but Griffin said it is unclear if those were missed right after the storm or if they fell Wednesday.  

"It certainly has been slow going and I know how upset people are. I'm hearing it," she said. 

'Number of pole fires'

The number of customers without power has been reduced from almost 11,000 Wednesday morning, but the utility said there have been challenges. 

"We lost our airport substation, where we have Brackley and Covehead feeding into that station," Griffin said, "We had a number of pole fires yesterday."

Griffin said six communities still had more than 500 outages, and said the focus Thursday was getting those back on.

  • Victoria Cross: 1,100
  • Alberton: 1,000
  • Kensington: 1,000
  • Wellington: 700
  • Dover: 700
  • West St. Peters: 600
  • Rattenbury: 500

Trees have been the issue, both taking down power lines and blocking access to downed lines. Griffin said at St. Peters Harbour crews had to clear 25 trees from a road just to get to the power lines. Workers from the Department of Forestry joined in on that work Wednesday.

"They've been an incredible help. This is what they do and they're so very efficient at it," said Griffin.

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With files from CBC Radio: Island Morning

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