Storm knocks out power and downs trees

A pretty intense electrical storm hit parts of New Brunswick last night and knocked out power from Fredericton to Woodstock.

City officials in Fredericton say last night’s rain storm caused damage across the capital region.

A number of trees are down, there was localized flooding and over 4,000 customers were without power at one point. A little over 700 are still off the grid this morning.

Fire crews were kept busy, responding to 29 calls across the city due to meters ripped from homes and power lines and trees down.

The calls also included a river rescue on the Nashwaak.

Fredericton Fire Platoon Chief Gary Charters tells our newsroom the mother and daughter were out kayaking when the rain hit and the water levels in the river came up quickly.

Charters says they were able to make it to shore, and crews tended to them in a field in Marysville.

City crews were out working to remove trees and are expected to remain out for a while yet, due to the damage.

The city is reminding residents to stay away from any downed power lines.