Power: We miss it when it’s lacking

Journal Pioneer staff
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While some of us were shivering indoors in the cold and dark early this week, Maritime Electric crew members were out in the freezing rain and the snow and the wind, trying to restore power across the Island in difficult and dangerous conditions. 

As repair crews for a utility responsible for providing steady power to just about all residents of Prince Edward Island, they accept that the conditions in which they work will not always be ideal.

Like the power that lights our rooms and allows us to run the shower and repeatedly flush our toilets, we sometimes take our utility linemen for granted. “There they go in their big blue truck. Somebody must have lost their power. Hand me the TV remote, would you?”

Living without power for a few hours makes us realize how quiet life can be without electricity, and it can make us reflect on some of the things we tend to take for granted. As the hours turn into days, that reflection can become a real drag for a society that fancies the latest technology, most of which require a plug-in or a periodic recharging.

The loss of power, of course, caused bigger problems than chilly homes and dead cellphones. Some residents lost the contents of their freezers and Wellington Co-op had to throw out thousands of dollars worth of food from their freezers and dairy cases. In situations like this there is also the fear that some people will resort to unsafe means for heating their homes.

And there are examples of charity that emerge from those situations, too, like the neighbours with generators who offer shelter to those who have no heat or offer to run a cord so that the neighbor without can run the furnace, gather some water or keep the freezer’s contents frozen.

As bad as the ice storm was, Islanders are fortunate and thankful that dedicated crews worked around the clock to help restore power, and fortunate the temperature remained relatively mild after the power went out.

Now, if that could only be our last taste of winter until next January. Oh, maybe we’ll have a generator by then.

Organizations: Wellington Co-op

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island

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  • Mr Power
    April 04, 2014 - 11:47

    Amen! two recent blizzards we lost power, and both times restored in the midst of them, within three hours. Well done folks