Power outages in the St. Lunaire-Griquet area continue, but Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro says crews are working on the problem.
L’Anse aux Meadows, Hay Cove and Straitsview are still without power. Customers between St. Lunaire-Griquet and Quirpon are also feeling the effects of the outage.
According to Marissa King, senior communications advisor for Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro, the power went out around 11 p.m. last night.
She said crews were ready to respond, but because of the high winds and blowing snow it was unsafe to send crews out.
“Conditions were a little better this morning so our crews got out at first light,” King said. “They identified a problem with one of the power transformers near St. Lunaire-Griquet.”
She said it shuts down the voltage distributing power to the communities.
King said a spare transformer was found in St. Anthony, and following testing it was shipped out to replace the broken one. At the time King was awaiting confirmation of arrival.
“Once they get the transformer to St. Lunaire, they would have to reconnect the replacement.”
King wants to remind residents currently receiving power that there might be fluctuations in power, when the replacement transformer is being installed.
“There may also be some intermittent outages along the Northern Peninsula because there are still strong winds in the area,” she said.
If everything goes according to schedule, Hydro predicts the power to be restored between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Castor River South power back
King said customers in Castor River South now have power restored.
The area lost power around 10: 30 p.m. last night and it was back by 10 a.m. this morning.
“The lines slapped together and it caused some of the fuses to blow,” she said. “Crews had to change the fuses and reset some of the protection relays.”
King said it was something that could have been done sooner, but again, weather and safety concerns delayed the response of crew.