Central Maine Power sends crews to storm-ravaged Canadian Maritimes

Several Central Maine Power crews left Bangor Sunday evening to help the Canadian Maritimes restore power for hundreds of thousands of people who lost power Saturday when Hurricane Fiona made landfall in Nova Scotia.

CMP said in a statement that it was dispatching 16 two-person crews, including 14 bucket trucks and two digger trucks, at the request of Nova Scotia Power. CMP also assigns 10 support staff. The storm left more than half a million Canadians without power.

“We know how difficult such conditions can be for utility workers and their customers,” Joe Purington, president of CMP, said in a statement. “It was a historic storm that hit the Atlantic coast of Canada. I think it’s important for utility companies to help their neighbors in times of crisis. »

The Canadian Hurricane Center said it recorded the lowest barometric pressure on record for a storm making landfall in eastern Nova Scotia, and wind speeds reached 100 mph.

Fiona caused extensive damage and the province reported on Sunday that more than 80% of its power customers were without power. Widespread outages were also reported in Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. In some of the hardest-hit regions, outages could last for days, The Washington Post reported.

The storm battered coastal towns Saturday morning, sweeping away homes and rooftops, uprooting trees, flooding roads, downing power lines and clogging streets with debris, the Post reported. Two people were dragged into the ocean. One was rescued while the second was not found.

The CMP has an agreement with the North Atlantic Mutual Aid Group which states that all costs incurred by CMP teams helping to restore power will be covered by the aid group.

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