Nova Scotia is receiving a helping hand from Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro in its recovery from Hurricane Dorian.
Nova Scotia Power has been working hard to restore power to customers after Dorian plowed through on Sept 7.
As of Sept 12, power had been restored to 85 per cent of customers throughout the province.
Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro sent its own team to help out.
Eight Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro employees, hailing from St. Anthony, Port Saunders, Roddickton-Bide Arm, Baie Verte, Springdale, and Bay D’Espoir, arrived in Nova Scotia on Sept. 9 to do their part to help the province get back up and running.
Brandon Genge, a powerline technician from St. Anthony, was one of the men who “jumped at the chance” to help.
“When the storm passed through our area, we never had much trouble so when Nova Scotia Power reached out to NL Hydro, they sent a couple crews over,” Genge told The Northern Pen. “I jumped at the chance. Anything to help.”
According to Genge, they’re working 16-hour days.
“We’re installing poles, transformers, service drops, removing danger trees, putting primary wire back up — (we’re doing) everything,” he said. “Getting the power back to the communities is our main goal.”
When he spoke to The Northern Pen on Sept. 12, Genge said they had been working in Cape Breton and were in Port Hawkesbury at the time of the call.
Every day, he said, they’re going to a new location.
He anticipated they would be in Nova Scotia for another week.
Genge said Nova Scotians are really grateful for the work they are doing.
Locals will drive by, sounding their horns, and frequently drop off food and coffee.
“The people here are fabulous,” he said.
Nova Scotia Power appreciates their help, posting a picture of the eight workers to its Facebook on Sept 10 with a thank you.
“When you need to get things done, you call in the Newfoundlanders. Thanks for joining us, b’ys!” they wrote.