Following the wind storm that tore through Nova Scotia Christmas evening, uprooting trees and toppling power lines, some 8,000 people still remain without power throughout the province. Of those, roughly 3,489 are on the South Shore between Chester and Liverpool.
In the wake of the hurricane-force storm Nova Scotia power crews have restored power to more than 146,000 people down from 158,000 at the peak. More than 700 people have been working to restore power, including powerline technicians from Nova Scotia Power, New Brunswick Power, Saint John Energy, and contract crews from N.S. and N.B.
The "extreme: weather blew trees into power lines, broke poles and snapped lines, according to a NS Power news release. Wind gusts exceeded 100 km an hour and in some areas reached hurricane-force strength.
NS Power anticipates having power restored to most people by noon on December 27, other than those with damage to their electrical equipment, or "other extenuating circumstances."
The utility has opened its payment depot in Chester as a "comfort centre" for people needing a place to warm up, have a coffee or recharge their phones. The centre, at 96 Valley Rd, opened at 8 a.m. on December 27.
NS Power advises that people should also check their own electrical equipment for damage, such as their meter mast. This is the tube that connects the service line to their house to the electric meter.
If customers have damage to their meter mast, it is essential for them to contact an electrical contractor and have that damage repaired to restore power to their home.
Customers can continue to report outages to 1-877-428-6004. The latest outage information, including estimated time of restoration, can be found online at outagemap.nspower.ca.