Brian Gallant sees ‘a few days’ without power for some in NB as storm cleanup continues
While crews are making progress restoring electricity to ice storm-battered New Brunswick, Premier Brian Gallant said Monday there are pockets of people who won’t see their power return for another “few days.”
The number of homes and businesses that lost electricity peaked at about 133,000 after the storm last Tuesday and Wednesday.
That number has since declined to about 17,000 at 4 p.m. Monday including 13,484 in the northeast of the province.
Gallant told a news conference in Lamèque Monday that “significant gains” had been made, but it will still be a few days before everyone’s electricity is restored.
“We have to start preparing for the fact that there may be some that will have still a few days left of no power in their areas,” the premier said.
Gallant also announced his government is delaying delivery of its 2017-18 budget because of the storm cleanup.
The budget was scheduled for Tuesday, but it will now be delivered on Feb. 7.
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Military on scene
About 200 members of the Canadian Armed Forces were in the Acadian Peninsula on Monday as part of the emergency response to the ice storm.
Troops travelled from CFB Gagetown by overnight bus to reach Caraquet, where their work began.
“It’s a big area, and it’s a lot of work, and we are very happy to hear that this morning, the military are coming in,” said Caraquet Mayor Kevin Haché.
Soldiers are assisting in the effort to go door-to-door in powerless areas to check on the well-being of residents and help clear debris.
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People anxious to get power back
Haché said the storm was a challenge for the community. Several buildings had to be turned into warming centres and firefighters knocked on doors to tell people where to go for help.
Schools in the Acadian Peninsula remain closed Monday and Tuesday.
Over the weekend, several power poles broke from continued ice buildup, leaving even more households without power, Haché said.
“People are getting upset and anxious to see what is going to happen.”
He added that town staff will discuss ways to deal with any such future emergencies. The biggest problem was getting information to people after the storm, he said.
“I think we kind of take our power for granted and we take
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