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Power restoration continues in N.B.

By Brad Perry Dec 24, 2023 | 2:47 PM

Hundreds of New Brunswickers could be spending their Christmas Day without electricity.

Restoration efforts continues nearly a week after a severe wind storm left around 130,000 NB Power customers in the dark.

More than 1,800 homes and businesses were still without power as of mid-afternoon Sunday. The bulk of those outages are in Charlotte County and southwestern New Brunswick, where extensive damage has been reported.

“Crews are encountering massive, uprooted trees, often several causing one outage impacting an individual customer,” the utility said on Saturday.

“Repairs for single outages often include removing trees and vegetation, replacing poles and equipment and restringing wires. In many cases, these repairs can take several hours and require many crews.”

NB Power said more than 350 crews were on the ground Sunday working to get customers back online.

The latest estimated restoration times can be found on the utility’s website.

Meanwhile, those still without power in Charlotte County are being provided with a warm place to go.

A Canadian Red Cross team is set up at the W.C. O’Neill Arena in Saint Andrews to put residents up in hotels until Dec. 27 and provide meals.

Warming centres have been set up in several communities. You can find an up-to-date list of locations by clicking here.

New Brunswick EMO said wellness checks are also being conducted in parts of Charlotte County without power. Anyone who is in immediate danger should call 911.