'Largest mobilization in our history': NS Power

NS Power

Nova Scotia Power says it working with the largest mobilization of personnel in its history to help get power back online as quickly as possible after Hurricane Dorian slammed the province Saturday.

In a release, the utility says the damage caused is severe, and crews are working to restore power and restoration times are being updated throughout the day.

Dorian uprooted trees, broke poles, caused flooding and downed powerline province wide and at the peak, 400,000 customers were without power. As of noon Sunday that number was down to around 356,000.

The utility says on top of 1,000 pre-staged personnel in communities, it is securing additional crews to provide support, and with the use of 4 helicopters, it has begun assessing damage to the transmission system and distribution lines.

In order to make sure critical services like hospitals can stay open, large outages on transmission lines and in substations are restored ahead of smaller outages.

There are 6 phases of restoration, that include:
1. Restorationof public safety issues and emergency situations
2. Restoration of critical infrastructure
3. Restoration of EMO critical infrastructure, like hospitals, shelters, and essential provincial and muicipal services
4. Restoration of main electrical feeders serving communities and neighbourhoods
5. Restoration of branch power lines servicing individual streets
6. Restoration of individual homes and businesses

The utility reminds everyone to treat any downed power lines as live and to 1-877-428-6004 or in case of emergency to call 911.