Dec. 18, 2008
FREDERICTON (CNB) - NB Power crews are returning to the province today after travelling to Maine to help Central Maine Power restore electricity there. About 220,000 Central Maine Power customers were without power due to the severe weather system that passed through the northeast last week.
Eighteen crews consisting of about 45 employees were sent to the coastal areas of the state, focusing mainly on the Biddeford area.
"The crews from NB Power were a big help to us in our recovery from one of the worst storms ever to hit our service area," said Doug Herling, vice-president of operations, Central Maine Power. "We are happy that we can count on NB Power to lend a hand, and it can count on us to return the favour someday."
Before being deployed to Maine, NB Power crews restored electricity after the same weather system passed through the province, resulting in 15,000 New Brunswickers losing power. Once they arrived in the state, crews received safety orientation and began helping to restore power. Poor road conditions and fallen trees posed a challenge to all crews involved.
"We are pleased that we were able to help our neighbours in an emergency," said Darren Murphy, vice-president of transmission, distribution and customer service, NB Power. "These experiences are rewarding for our crews as they know how important it is to have electricity restored safely and quickly for customers. We are fortunate to have such a co-operative spirit among neighbouring utilities and are able to support each other during these times."
"We appreciate the hard work and dedication of our crews and for taking time away from their families and friends to provide assistance to our neighbours in a time of need," said Paul Thériault, vice-president of human resources, NB Power. "We also appreciate the support of their families during this time."
MEDIA CONTACT: Heather MacLean, manager, media relations, NB Power, 506-458-6618, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.