Power back on in Amherst

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Approximately 2,400 without electricity

Problem with feeder line into town

The power is out in Amherst for the second time in three days.

UPDATE: 2:40 pm.

AMHERST – More than 2,400 Nova Scotia Power customers in Amherst have power again.

The power went off around noon, was on for about 10 minutes, then went off again at 1:24 p.m. It was restored just before 2 p.m.

"We've had some trouble with a line coming into the Town of Amherst, it's the main feeder from the Church Street substation," Nova Scotia Power spokeswoman Neera Ritcey said. "There's a lot of snow and ice on the trees and it's weighing down some of the limbs."

Ritcey said power crews have been sectioning off the line and restoring power as quickly as possible.

She said the timing of the storm, right in the middle of the holiday season, has been a major inconvenience for customers, but she said the power corporation spent considerable time planning for the ice storm and locating resources around the province.

"We can't always predict what's going to happen, but we do our best to plan for it and we've had people working around the clock restoring outages since the weekend," she said.

Several thousand customers were without power on Dec. 23 during an icestorm that coated power lines and trees with ice. Some county residents didn't have their power restored until just before 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

Areas affected by this latest outage include most of Amherst.

Organizations: Nova Scotia Power

Geographic location: Amherst

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  • Al
    December 27, 2013 - 15:11

    Take a look around town and notice all the overhanging branches near the power lines. Town officials should demand that NS Power trim the trees back before more disruptions in power service occur.