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Update on emergency measures for those still without power - Jul. 10, 2014

Barb Rayner
Charlotte County
While power is gradually being restored to homes throughout the region, there are still centres set up where people can pick up water and recharge cell phones or have showers.
Fundy High School is open from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. for those who need showers or to pick up bottled water while Magaguadavic Place is open from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. for water or to recharge cell phones.
St. George mayor Sharon Tucker said Thursday morning local EMO coordinator Sean Morton is working with the province if bottled water needs to be delivered to anyone without power.
“We still have some people in town without power and we are still using a generator at the booster station. We are also asking residents to check with anyone who might need checking on.”
Cooke Aquaculture communications manager Chuck Brown said the company will be providing ice in bulk to places in need but he didn’t have all the details yet.
“We have been asked to help and we are going to help and are just sorting out the logistics. We had power and water issues ourselves for the first couple of days.
“If we had not had those problems ourselves we could have done this earlier. I understand some people could be without power for another week.”
Blacks Harbour mayor Terry James said that while most in the village have power, there is still a section of Greenlaw Valley without power and residents there also need water.
She said some of the branches of a downed tree which was blocking a section of that road have been trimmed so cars can now get around it but there are still eight to 10 residents in that area, many of them seniors, who are without power.
She said there is a hose out of the window at the fire hall for those who need water so they can fill up any time and there were tote boxes containing ice outside the village office.
“I have personally called a number of people – although some don’t have their phones working either – to let them know there is ice and water available.
“I am getting more annoyed as each day goes by because nowhere is Blacks Harbour listed as having power restored. I am doing everything I can but I am taking a lot of heat but what more can I do?”
Recalling the ice storm in 1998 and in December this year, James said she keeps hearing that a lot of lessons were learned during these two incidents.
“But here we are, six months later, and another major storm and we are no further ahead than we were in 1998. We have to put someone in charge who knows what they’re doing.
“If they (NB Power) would invest in maintenance and tree clearing, all this money they are putting out would be saved. If you owe them money, they keep calling you and eventually they cut your power off and they have little or no sympathy.”
In Saint Andrews, people can charge their cell phones at the town office or the W. C. O’Neill Arena. Water can be picked up at the fire hall and showers are available at the Kiwanis Ocean Front campground or at the end of the town wharf.
Full power has now been restored to McAdam and Mayor Frank Carroll said Thursday morning the state of emergency declared Tuesday has now been lifted. He said Bell Aliant telephone service is also now back on but he was not sure about those who have Rogers.
“For the most part, the community is pretty good. I was in Toronto but council kept me apprised of what was going on and things went extremely well. We had extremely good service from EMO and NB Power and our local services were 110 per cent. Our fire department deserves a lot of credit. They are a great group of volunteers.”

barb@stcroixcourier.ca