UPDATE: Schools will remain closed until Wednesday.
The move for public K-12 schools is being made to help conserve energy in an attempt to get power to all households throughout the province.
MASSEY DRIVE While rotating power outages have impacted nearly every customer of Newfoundland Power over the past number of days, residents of the Town of Massey Drive forged through an extended black out Saturday.
People in the town resorted to generators and other sources of heat and power to get them through a long day without power. There were allegedly no significant problems as a result. The outage began at about 9 a.m., and with the exception of a couple of intermittent returns, returned early in the evening.
It is expected — althought unconfirmed at this time — it resulted from the transformer fire at the Sunnyside terminal that knocked out power to more than 190,000 of the 257,000 customers. There was a second trip to the grid Saturday afternoon. Saturday evening, still 140,000 customers were without power. That was down to 25,000 this morning, according to a Twitter feed from Newfoundland Power.
The Western Royals cancelled their Saturday night senior hockey game against the Gander Flyers in Deer Lake. The move was made because of power issues in the town. That west coast community was also without power for an extended period of time Saturday. The town set up a warming centre at Elwood High School to help its residents. It closed after power was restored Saturday evening. The senior hockey game is being played today at the Hodder Memorial Stadium at 1:30 p.m.
Newfoundland Power is urging customers to continue to conserve power as rotating outages continues throughout the province.