Cleanup underway after hurricane Dorian08 September 2019
FREDERICTON (GNB) – Cleanup and power restoration efforts are underway following the passage of hurricane Dorian overnight.
Wind gusts in excess of 100 km/h were reported during the night. Downed trees caused power outages throughout much of the province. Power outages peaked at more than 80,000 clients affected on Saturday night.
NB Power has mobilized all available resources across the province to assess damage and restore power as quickly and safely as possible.
“We are pleased that so many people heard the warnings from officials, took action to prepare for the storm and avoided unnecessary travel. We’re seeing that communities and people were prepared,” said Greg MacCallum, director of the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization. “We continue to ask for the public’s co-operation. Many people are out today clearing up the mess. In case of power outages, residents are encouraged to check on their neighbours, particularly the elderly, who may require assistance.”
NB Power is advising residents to stay away from areas where trees are in contact with powerlines or blocking roadway, and to call 911 if there is an immediate safety concern. Residents should not prune or remove trees on lines, as direct or indirect contact with power lines can be fatal.
For questions about power outages, consult the NB Power website or call 1-800-663-6272.
There are numerous roads with downed trees, debris including leaves and twigs, and water over the road. Motorists in affected areas are advised to use caution when driving, especially those on motorcycles.
Some road closures have been reported by the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure.
Consult the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure’s Twitter feed at @brunswick511 or 511.gnb.ca for the latest information about road conditions.
Carbon monoxide warning
With the widespread power outages, New Brunswickers are reminded of the threat that carbon monoxide can pose in their homes. People have died and/or been hospitalized in recent years because of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Never run a generator in your home, garage, or near a window or air intake outside of your house. Never use a barbecue, camping stove or propane heater inside your house or garage. Note that carbon monoxide poisoning can still occur even if you have opened your window or garage door.
While the power is out, keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. An unopened refrigerator will keep foods cold for approximately 4 to 6 hours. An unopened full freezer will keep food frozen for up to 48 hours, while a half full freezer will keep food frozen for about 24 hours.
More information on Food Safety During a Power Outage is available at:
NBEMO is continuing to monitor the situation along with emergency management partners across the province.
The public is reminded to call 911 in the event of an emergency. Residents are asked to check on neighbours who may require assistance.
All New Brunswickers should continue to monitor conditions and local forecasts.