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Kyle Leavitt, the director of New Brunswick EMO, provides a storm update on Dec. 19, 2023. Image: YouTube video capture

Officials encourage safety amid widespread outages

By Brad Perry Dec 20, 2023 | 9:48 AM

Emergency officials in New Brunswick say people need to think about safety as crews work to restore power.

Just under 50,000 customers remained without electricity as of Wednesday morning, down from more than 100,000 at the peak of the storm.

With many people using generators, New Brunswick EMO director Kyle Leavitt said there are some things they should keep in mind.

“We’ve seen tragedies in the past because people have used generators improperly,” Leavitt said on Tuesday.

Leavitt said you should never use a generator indoors, and it should be kept away from doors and windows.

NB Power said it is also important to stay at least 10 metres away from any downed power lines.

Leavitt said restoring power to everyone impacted by this latest storm is going to take time.

“It’s safe to say that no one wants to start the holiday season this way, but I expect New Brunswickers will tap into their giving nature and help everyone get through this together,” he said.

Public Safety officials are encouraging people in the hardest-hit areas to stay home if possible so crews can do their work.

Several roads in Charlotte County remained closed as of Wednesday morning. The full list is on New Brunswick 511’s website.