ROCKY HARBOUR Resident Diane Fontaine knows how to handle the power outage currently affecting the Bonne Bay area.
“We have a wood stove and a Coleman stove to heat up this soup I made,” she said. “I have this landline phone that I am using so there is no battery to run out and all we can do is wait.”
About 1,100 people in Rocky Harbour and Norris Point are without power early Thursday afternoon as a major winter storm swept through the Bonne Bay. Residents say they lost power at about 10 p.m. Wednesday and NL Power said repairs should be made by 4 p.m. Thursday. NL Power spokesperson Erin Squires said storm damaged equipment is the issue, but a bigger issue is actually getting to the work area. Excess snow has surrounded the areas and equipment in question meaning snow clearing had to be performed first.
“The road conditions are a problem for the electricians but we are confident that we will have the problems resolved later this afternoon,” she said.
Some Norris Point homes reportedly saw some damage, with shingles and siding panels being torn off in heavy winds. Crews had their work cut out for them as locals say snow drifts piled up uncontrolably.
Residents said they had heard of an electrical pole that may have broken off somewhere in the area. Squires said that did happen somewhere in the area but it is not the cause of the power outage.
During the storm, the Deer Lake Regional Airport reported several delays but representatives say the airport’s runway has been cleared. The Deer Lake RCMP say it was a quiet evening in Humber Valley, with surprisingly no storm related accidents reported.