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Some P.E.I. homes won’t get electricity until after Sunday – CBC.ca

About 13,000 customers of Maritime Electric, P.E.I.’s main utility, still don’t have power 11 days after post-tropical storm Fiona struck, and a significant portion won’t get it before Sunday.

Some won’t be hooked up even then. The utility is aiming to have 97 to 98 per cent of its customers restored that day, which would leave about 2,000 out after Sunday.

On Monday afternoon, Maritime Electric released a list of communities and neighbourhoods that were still out, giving the days when it expects to restore power to them. The utility has promised to update the list daily. 

Charlottetown has the largest number of outages, with 6,720 listed as still out in four separate neighbourhoods. With an average of 2.3 people per household, that represents about 15,000 people.

Maritime Electric expects to restore power in Hillsborough Park and Parkdale Tuesday, and in Upper Queen and Brighton on Wednesday.

Cornwall still has more than 1,000 out, but those should be restored Tuesday. In the Keppoch area of Stratford about 1,200 customers will have to wait until Wednesday.

About 800 customers in the Argyle Shore, Canoe Cove, Rice Point area will have to wait until Sunday.

Here is where you can find the full list of communities and neighbourhoods.

Maritime Electric spokesperson Kim Griffin said the list was difficult to put together, because repairs can sometimes take longer than expected.

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‘Some pockets that should have taken us a day were taking us two or three days,’ says Kim Griffin of Maritime Electric. (Province of P.E.I.)

“Some pockets that should have taken us a day were taking us two or three days,” said Griffin.

“It was part art and part science. It may not be perfect.”

When arriving on site, crews doing a closer inspection may find trees that need to come down, and she said that can take more time. There may also be telecommunication lines or poles that are down that need to be cleared.

Maritime Electric estimates there are about 10,000 individual outages in the province.

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Military on P.E.I. to assist with post-Fiona recovery

Members of the Canadian Armed Forces arrived on P.E.I. this week to help provincial crews with Fiona cleanup efforts. CBC’s Brian Higgins spoke with some of the personnel on the ground.

Federal money for rebuilding

On Tuesday, the federal government announced another $300 million in funding to cope with the storm’s after-effects in the next two years. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in Halifax to deliver the news

The Hurricane Fiona Recovery Fund, administered by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, is intended to help those impacted by the storm and to support long-term recovery efforts.

For example, it will be spent on:

  • Helping local communities and businesses rebuild and recover more quickly from the impacts of Hurricane Fiona.
  • Restoring the economic activity that local communities depend on by beginning to repair and rebuild critical infrastructure, including fishing wharves and small craft harbours that were damaged or destroyed by the storm. The federal government wants repairs to be made in such a way that infrastructure is better able to withstand future storms.
  • Ensuring the safety of navigation and protecting marine wildlife.