FREDERICTON (GNB) – Premier Brian Gallant and NB Power CEO Gaëtan Thomas joined officials from the Emergency Measures Organization to provide an update today on efforts underway to recover from a significant winter storm that has resulted in power outages in all regions of the province.

“I extend a heartfelt thank you to the power crews from all over our province as they are working tirelessly to restore power to the more than 100,000 customers still without power following the extreme weather conditions our province has experienced in the last 24 hours,” said Gallant. “By the end of the day, 245 crews will be on the ground, some from NB Power, Nova Scotia Power, local and external contractors, to help restore power to New Brunswick families.”

An intense low pressure system had severe impacts across central and southern New Brunswick, with the major impact being widespread power outages. The system resulted in high winds and ice build-up on transmission and electricity lines.

NB Power:

More than 100,000 customers remain without power, with Moncton, Shediac, Kent County and the Acadian Peninsula reporting the largest percentage of outages. Crews are working to restore power as soon as possible.

NB Power has activated additional crews to respond to the outages, is assessing its critical infrastructure and has activated its storm centre. By the end of the day, 245 crews will be on the ground, some from NS Power, local and external contractors.

A complete list of power outages is available online.

Emergency Measures Organization

The provincial emergency operations centre has been activated, meaning officials from all government departments are co-ordinating recovery efforts.

The following warming centres have been activated for residents affected by power outages. This list will be updated as new centres are added.

  • Bouctouche - KC Irving Center, 30 Évangéline St.
  • Hampton - Community Centre, 808 Main St., open until 6:30 p.m, showers are available until 4 p.m.
  • Miramichi - Golden Hawk Recreation Centre, 8 Pollard Ave.
  • Miramichi – The Goodie Shop, 20 Fountain Head Lane
  • Paquetville - Manoir Edith B Pinet, 1189 des Fondateurs St.
  • Rexton – Fire hall
  • Rogersville – Municipal Office
  • Shediac – Centre multifonctionnel
  • Pointe-du-Chêne – Recreational Centre
  • Riverview – Coverdale Recreation Centre until 10 p.m.

While conditions are poor in many areas of the province, critical infrastructure such as major highways and bridges remain open, although motorists have been advised to exercise extreme caution.

Hospitals and Ambulance New Brunswick:

Power outages have resulted in the closure or delayed openings of several community health centres and some hospitals experienced power outages as a result of the storm.

Ambulance New Brunswick has implemented non-emergency transfer restrictions, but there are no 911 restrictions.

In the Horizon Health Network, several community health centres closed or  delayed in opening today due to power outages and/or road conditions. The Moncton Hospital and Miramichi Regional Hospital experienced outages however power has since been restored.

In the Vitalité Health Network the Campbellton Regional Hospital and the Restigouche Hospital Centre were on generator back up but power is now restored at both facilities. The Tracadie Hospital is the only hospital in Vitalité without power but is running on auxiliary power.

Important public reminders:

Customers still without power are reminded to turn down their heat sources and unplug major appliances in their home in advance of power restoration to avoid a surge in demand that has the potential to cause more outages. This is known as 'cold load pickup.' Heat sources and appliances can be gradually turned on following restoration.

Residents should not approach downed power lines, or trees that are in contact with power lines.

Never run generators or cook with an open flame, inside a home or the garage, as these activities create carbon monoxide which can become extremely dangerous. Never leave candles or lanterns unattended. Take a moment to test the batteries in your carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors.

Food safety: If you have no power, do not open your freezer or fridge unless it is absolutely necessary. If the door remains closed, a full freezer will keep food frozen for 24 to 36 hours without electricity. These products can be refrozen if ice crystals are still present. All perishable food in a refrigerator without electricity for more than 24 hours should be discarded.

New Brunswickers with any medical concerns who are affected by power outages are encouraged to call Tele-Care 811.

Residents are reminded to prepare by having everything they need for at least 72 hours following a storm. This includes preparing an emergency kit for home and car, knowing what to do and how to stay safe during power outages.

An emergency kit should include food, water, batteries, a battery-powered radio, first-aid supplies and any special items such as prescriptions, infant formula, and equipment for people with disabilities.

In case of power outages, residents are encouraged to check on their neighbours, particularly the elderly, to see if any assistance is required.

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