Maritime Electric battling major snow storm

Mike Carson
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SUMMERSIDE - Maritime Electric crews are battling the spring mega-snow storm to restore power to customers across the Island.

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Maritime Electric spokesperson Kim Griffin said crews are out in the height of the storm to restore power to thousands of Island homes.

“This afternoon we had to call our crews off because of the bad road conditions,“ Griffin said late Wednesday night. “We had some crews who decided to go out and they restored about 10,000 customers so right now we have about 6,000 customers that are still off. They’re primarily in the Hunter River and Rattenbury Kensington area and surrounding communities.”

Road conditions were a major stumbling block for Maritime Electric crews.

“Both of our trucks are stuck and they are being towed to try and find the rest of the problems,” she said. “The visibility is really very bad. They are having a really tough time and it’s really slow going. They are trying to stay out as long as they feel that it is safe to do so. They got stuck pretty quickly and we have had some help from plow operators to help us get our way through the roads. It’s slow going and they will try and stay out as long s they can.”

Unlike many Islanders, a major snow storm is not a day to relax for Maritime Electric crews.

“For us it’s very much high alert,” Griffin said. “We’re out there. We’re doing our best but it’s very slow going under treacherous conditions.”

mcarson@journalpioneer.com

Organizations: Maritime Electric

Geographic location: Iceland, Hunter River

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