Military poised to help as some N.B. homes face 5th day without power

Power crews continue to work to restore power to about 35,000 homes and businesses in New Brunswick, some of whom are entering their fifth day without electricity.

The largest number of outages are in the Acadian Peninsula. About 20,000 customers have been in the dark, some since late Tuesday as temperatures dipped to -9 C overnight.

An ice storm Tuesday and Wednesday downed trees, power lines and hydro poles and cut off electricity to 130,000 households across the province.

A reconnaissance team from the Canadian Armed Forces is in the region to determine what kind of support could be offered. 

Premier Brian Gallant said at a news conference Saturday the province had discussions with the federal government of the possibility of bringing the military in to help. He added he expects a report by the end of the day on what assistance could be provided. 


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