Post-tropical storm Dorian may be over in Atlantic Canada, but the destruction from its hurricane-strength wind gusts and torrential rain will take some time to fix.
Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI and Newfoundland and Labrador utility companies are working hard to restore electricity to hundreds of thousands of customers left in the dark. Dorian flattened trees and power lines across a vast area of the Eastern coast. The endless amount of tangled debris littering the streets is making the work of the crews that much harder.
Nova Scotia Power reported early Sept. 9th that nearly 200,000 of its customers will continue to wait to be reconnected, while thousands more in the other Atlantic provinces faced a similar fate.
On Sunday, N.S. Power CEO Karen Hutt called the situation a “worst-case scenario.”
Even with the help of utility crews from Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick, Florida and Maine, Hutt says it would likely be a week before the lights are back on it all areas of Nova Scotia.
Canadian Armed Forces personnel are helping to clear roads so utility vehicles can get to job sites.
Many schools in Nova Scotia are keeping their doors closed for the day, and emergency officials are urging people hit in hard areas to stay home – for their safety and to give clean-up crews more room to work.