Post-Dorian power restoration continues; thousands still without power

NSP Linesman

More and more Nova Scotians are having their power restored as crews continue to repair infrastructure following post-tropical storm Dorian.

Nova Scotia Power says it has 368 power line crews, 81 forestry crews and 67 damage assessment teams dedicated to the restoration effort, including crews from New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador, Ontario, Quebec, Maine and Florida.

The utility says it is also working with the Nova Scotia Emergency Management Office to prioritize restoration to critical infrastructure, and the Canadian Armed Forces continues to help remove trees and debris.

At its peak, some 400,000 Nova Scotians were without power after Dorian blew through the Maritimes over the weekend, toppling trees, snapping power poles and tearing roofs off some homes and businesses.

More than 30,000 NSP customers are still without power as of 5 a.m. Thursday -- many have been without electricity since Saturday afternoon.

Nova Scotia's Community Services Department says it will provide emergency funding for people on income assistance affected by the storm.

Minister Kelly Regan tells CBC News says the department will waive its usual requirement for proof that the power was out for 48 hours and the emergency help will not be treated as an overpayment and will not be clawed back.

The department will provide $110 to a single person, $140 to a couple, plus another $30 for each dependent.

Regan says there's also money available to people who lost other belongings, such as school supplies, furniture and medication, and people should contact their case workers for help.