SUMMERSIDE – A citywide power interruption was called by Maritime Electric Company Ltd. to make emergency repairs to their infrastructure connecting it to the Summerside Electric Utility.
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Maritime Electric communications officer, Kim Griffin said, the company only needed an hour to make the repairs. The outage was planned from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, but some areas didn't have power restored until 5:30 p.m..
“We had some connectors to some of the wires to some of the insulators on the poles and they were fraying,” she said. “We didn’t want to leave it any longer. So, we they have to do the repairs and to do then repairs they have to take the power out.”
Griffin wasn't certain of the exact numbers of connectors needed to be repaired.
“I just got a notice from our operations team that it would take approximately an hour to do the work,” she said. “They noticed them when they were doing so routine checks. So, the City of Summerside was going to notify all of their customers.”
Griffin said the cause of the fraying has not been determined.
“Potentially, it could have just been things had become worn down with the kind of weather that we’ve had,” she said. “We’re not sure exactly but they didn’t want take a chance and leave it any longer and that’s why they’re taking the power for the hour.”