Lights back on: Power outage cancels schools in Weymouth

Jonathan Riley, Digby Courier jriley@digbycourier.ca
Published on February 1, 2016

Kitrin Jeffrey reads to her son by the light of a headlamp during the power outage.

Kitrin Jeffrey

WEYMOUTH – Power is back on in the Weymouth area.

Nova Scotia Power crews were able to restore electricity about 8:45 a.m. Feb. 2 to about 2,300 customers who had been without power for over 12 hours.

Nova Scotia Power spokesperson Beverly Ware says a surge arrestor at the Weymouth substation failed causing the outage.

Originally Nova Scotia Power estimated it would take until 6 p.m. Feb. 2 to restore power because they thought they might need to bring in a mobile transformer.

“In the meantime the crew managed to make the repairs,” said Ware.

School was cancelled at both Weymouth Consolidated and Saint Mary's Bay Academy because of the power outage.

The power went out at 8 p.m. Feb. 1 in Weymouth, Plympton, Saint Bernard, Belliveaus Cove, Hassett, New Tusket and Southville and throughout Clare.

About 4,000 people were originally affected in the Clare area but Nova Scotia Power was able to restore power there by 11 p.m. by switching power distribution.

The Nova Scotia live power outage maps said the outage was due to “damage to overhead equipment”.

Ware says the outage wasn’t related to the recent storm.

jriley@digbycourier.ca