Still 800 homes without power

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ALBERTON -- Sump pumps and freezers will have to play catch-up once power is finally restored in homes still dealing with power outages from Wednesday’s sudden blast of winter weather.

Maritime Electric was reporting that approximately 800 homes were still without electricity late Thursday morning. Heavy rain prior to the change-over to snow Wednesday morning meant some homeowners had to keep a close eye on their basements in case of flooding.

Most of the outages were in the following communities: Augustine Cove, Cape Traverse, Cascumpec, Emerald, New London, Middleton, Graham’s Road and Canavoy and some surrounding communities.

Trees and branches weighed down with snow were to blame. “Every case we had, that was it,” Maritime Electric spokeswoman, Kim Griffin said.

She said the snow load on the trees proved challenging as crews would get power restored in some areas only to be called back later because of new outages along the same lines.

Conditions are expected to improve over the next day and a half with the temperature climbing to eight on Friday with rain ending in the afternoon and fog patches.

Organizations: Maritime Electric, New London

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