Friday , March 31 2023

The storm closes 20 schools, causing thousands of holidays


About 50,000 NB Electricity customers have no electricity on Monday night after a weekend storm, which was also forced to cancel flights and held many schools since opening.

Note: Power said it could take another day or two before repairing the power lines damaged by fallen trees and restoring power completely.

Almost 22,000 customers with no power in the Fredericton area and more than 5,000 are located in Moncton, Riverview and Dieppe.

Parts of the province were hit with winds of 110 km per hour and power was hit on more than 92,000 households.

Electricity cuts kept many schools closed on Monday, including:

  • Barkers Point Primary School.
  • Bliss Carman Middle School.
  • Priestman Street School.
  • Fredericton High School.
  • Devon Middle School.
  • Gagetown School.
  • Geary Primary School.
  • Gibson Neill Memorial Primary School.
  • Konsclear Consolidated School.
  • Royal Road Primary School.
  • Summerhill Street Primary School.
  • Elementary School of Salem.
  • Magnetic Hill School.
  • Shediac Cape.
  • Harcourt School.
  • Rexton Primary School.
  • Middle School Eleanor W. Graham.
  • Bonar Law Memorial High School.

In the French School of French Schools, the Mont Carmel School in Sainte-Marie-de-Kent and the Soleil Levant School in Richibucto are also closed.

Sheila Lagacé, a spokesman for NB Power, said 170 crews worked at night and will continue to restore power all day.

Crews from neighboring provinces are also expected to help "as soon as they are available".

Lagat said most of the holidays were due to trees that came into contact with live cables, but there were also broken poles and broken electric lines.

New Brunswick Emergency Emergency Measures warns people not to approach damaged roads in the streets or to use generators indoors.

"Our main concern, from now on, is how people take action to protect themselves or their possessions, especially when using generators around their home," said Robert Duguay, representative of EMO. Morning Information Fredericton.

The wind destroyed the roof of a gas station in Fredericton. (Ed Hunter / CBC)

"We want to make sure people know the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and make sure they use generators properly around their home."

The warning comes after two people died of poisoning from carbon monoxide after the storm that hit the Academic Peninsula in January 2017.

He said the generators should stay away from home and should never be used in a garage, near windows or any ventilation system.

The emergency organization also reminds people without power to keep their refrigerator doors closed to help reduce food spoilage.

Where to go on a break

Heat and charging stations have also been created in many cities and communities:

  • Upper Nashwaak Lions Club, 1284 Route 107, Stanley.
  • Villa Nashwaak, 67 Bath Kiln Rd., Stanley.
  • Upper Kingsclear Fire Department, 22 Mazerolle Settlement Rd., Upper Kingsclear.
  • The community center of the Estey Bridge, 1388 Route 620 Highway, Fredericton.
  • Civic Center, 44 Salmon Blvd., Campbellton.
  • Fire Department Miramichi, 6327 Route 8, Boiestown.
  • Upper Miramichi Lions Club, 6438 Route 8, Boiestown.
  • Willie O'Ree Place, Mabie Lane, Fredericton (charging station only).
  • Grant-Harvey Center, 600 Knowledge Park Dr., Fredericton (charging station only).
  • Riverview Fire Station, 650 Pinewood Rd., Between 11:00 and 19:00.
  • YMCA Moncton, 30 War Veterans Ave.
  • The Village Hillsborough Conference Room, at 2849 Main St., Unit 1 in Hillsborough, until 5 pm

Duguay expects additional heating centers throughout the province as the day progresses.

New Brunswick chief Blaine Higgs said he plans to review the 2017 storm report that was released last summer to see what has been implemented on the basis of these recommendations.

He said there was an increase in significant weather in New Brunswick and the province must understand from NB Power how to prepare better and create a stronger system in the future.

"You learn something every time you have an event and you build on it and you are able to deal better each time," he said.

"My goal was to figure out from NB Power, what did we learn before?" What did we do this time? "What did we learn from this particular event and how do we reinforce it from there?

Flights canceled at Fredericton

Meanwhile, all flights arriving in and out of Fredericton International Airport were canceled on Sunday night and, because the runway lights are out, service is not expected to continue until mid-morning at the earliest.

An airport spokesman said the crews were working to repair damage to underground cables that provide power to runway lights.

Kate O'Rourke, spokesman for Fredericton International Airport, said the first flight was not scheduled until 10:20 am. and the treadmill will operate during the day with visual flight rules.

"Crews continue to work at the airport, and we expect flights to operate normally during the day today," he said.

"We hope the situation will be solved by night and bring all the resources we can to help with it."

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