Power outage affects 3,000 in Prince County

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A large swath of Prince County was left in the dark Tuesday evening.

Maritime Electric says it had to make an emergency repair to a transformer.

The outage left more than 3,000 homes without power.

The power first went out around 7:30 p.m.

Maritime Electric had expected to have the power resorted within three hours.

But by 10:30 p.m., the utility was revising that estimate.

Kim Griffin, a spokeswoman with Maritime Electric, said it could be an additional couple of hours before everybody had their power back on.

“We are still working on restoring power,” Griffin said late Tuesday.

“It could be a few more hours. We had a power transformer fuse blown and engineering techs also need to do some testing.”

The areas affected include Alberton, O'Leary, Tyne Valley, West Cape, Bloomfield, Mill River and Freeland and areas.

There were also reports from some homeowners who were reporting a power surge associated with the outage, causing damage to appliances.

However, Griffin said Maritime Electric had no immediate reports of damage caused by the outage.

Organizations: Maritime Electric

Geographic location: Prince, Tyne Valley, Cape Mill River

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  • Mac
    July 18, 2013 - 07:02

    Unknown-- using your analogy, due to the high cost of a car or truck, they should never break down. Maritime Electric can not predict an accident, an animal or tree contacting a power line nor can it predict when the power outage can happen. All they can do is TRY to prevent an outage , and when one happens, do their very best to get the power restored as fast and as safely as possibly .

  • Wyman MacKinnon
    July 17, 2013 - 10:33

    A lesson to be learned use power surge bars and that will prevent damage to your appliances in the event of a power failure/surge Etc. I hope its on in Grand River by Sunday LoL

  • Unknown
    July 17, 2013 - 08:44

    With the high prices of electricty, you would think we could have power without any issue.