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Plan needed to prevent such an occurrence from happening again: Foote

Judy Foote

STEPHENVILLE — People in this province have again demonstrated their resilience in a time of crisis, this time during prolonged power outages, says Judy Foote.

The MP for Random-Burin-St. George’s said in a prepared release that it’s now critical for all involved to do whatever it takes and ensure such an occurrence doesn't happen again.  

She said when Newfoundland Power announced last week it would be necessary to impose rolling power outages in an effort to conserve electricity, no one was prepared for the chain of events that left nearly 200,000 people without power.

Bitterly cold temperatures, high winds and snowstorms created blizzard-like conditions. Combined with major equipment problems at Sunnyside and Holyrood power stations and problems with the gas turbines in Stephenville and Mount Pearl, the weather left many in challenging and dangerous situations.  

"This resulted in situations where people were left ill prepared for days without power and the problems that come with not being ready for such a situation,” Foote said.

She said in circumstances like this, effective leadership is crucial at the provincial level so those impacted have a sense that someone is in charge and looking out for their best interest.

Foote said calls received by her constituency offices revealed people felt left in the dark, not only because of the power outage, but lack of information and leadership.

“What the calls did confirm was the appreciation for those front-line workers who worked tirelessly, under very trying and dangerous circumstances, to restore power throughout the province."

She said a plan to deal with it is crucial knowing that anything is possible with aging infrastructure.

Organizations: Newfoundland Power

Geographic location: STEPHENVILLE, Mount Pearl

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