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UPDATE: Crews work to restore power and clear debris left in Dorian's wake

Two fallen trees rest on neighbouring houses in Halifax on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. Hurricane Dorian brought wind, rain and heavy seas that knocked out power across the region, left damage to buildings and trees as well as disruption to transportation.
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September 09, 2019 - 10:12 AM

HALIFAX - Post-tropical storm Dorian has departed Atlantic Canada, but the scars it inflicted across the region with its hurricane strength wind gusts and torrential rain will take some time to disappear.

Utility companies in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, P.E.I. and Newfoundland and Labrador were facing a massive task Monday in restoring electricity to hundreds of thousands of customers left in the dark after trees flattened by Dorian pulled down power poles across a vast area.

The huge amount of tangled debris littering streets is making the work of utility crews that much harder.

Nova Scotia Power reported early Monday that nearly 200,000 of its customers were still waiting to be reconnected, while thousands more in the other Atlantic provinces faced a similar fate.

On Sunday, N.S. Power CEO Karen Hutt called the situation a "worst case scenario."

A street is blocked by fallen trees in Halifax on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019.
A street is blocked by fallen trees in Halifax on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019.
Image Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

She said that even with the help of utility crews from Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick, Florida and Maine, it would likely be next week before the lights are back on in all areas of the province.

Those crews are also being assisted by Canadian Armed Forces personnel who are helping clear roads so utility vehicles can get to job sites.

Many schools across Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island were closed Monday, and emergency officials have been urging people in hard hit areas to stay home — both for their own safety and to give cleanup crews the room they need to work.

Reports also trickled in of the fire hazards that had emerged as people attempted to operate generators during the outages.

The Canadian Red Cross reported Monday that an overnight fire started around a generator being run because of a power outage. It extensively damaged a historic general store and upstairs apartment in Petit Riviere, N.S., displacing a woman tenant.

Members of the 4 Engineer Support Regiment from Canadian Forces Base Gagetown move a slab of sidewalk as they assist in the cleanup in Halifax on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. Hurricane Dorian brought wind, rain and heavy seas that knocked out power across the region.
Members of the 4 Engineer Support Regiment from Canadian Forces Base Gagetown move a slab of sidewalk as they assist in the cleanup in Halifax on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. Hurricane Dorian brought wind, rain and heavy seas that knocked out power across the region.
Image Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

The woman and another adult in the Petite Riviere General Store building at the time were not injured in the fire, which was reported around 2 a.m. on Highway 331 along Nova Scotia's south shore.

In New Brunswick, more than 80,000 homes and businesses were without electricity at the peak of the storm on Saturday.

NB Power spokesman Marc Belliveau said that had been reduced to about 10,000 by midday Monday, and he expected most of those would have been reconnected by Monday night, but others would take longer.

"The damage is widespread, so you might have one area where there are several hundred people that can be re-energized with one repair, but in another area that's going to take you just as long to cut trees and do repairs there might be one or two houses. That's going to be the ongoing challenge in the next couple of days," Belliveau said.

On Prince Edward Island, Maritime Electric said efforts to restore power were slow-going as a result of trees on power lines.

"Due to the nature of the work some customers may be without power until the end of the week," the utility wrote on its Twitter feed.

Meanwhile, many marinas around the Maritimes were battered by post-tropical storm Dorian's storm surges.

Boat owners at the Shediac Bay Yacht Club in New Brunswick were assessing damage Monday after the high winds and waves tossed boats around like toys.

"This is the worst we have ever seen," said Gilles Brine, a member of the club executive.

"There are three boats that are on the rocks from the marina side, and on the slip side, there are about 20 boats that are on top of each other," he said.

Brine said waves were crashing over the breakwater around the marina at the height of the storm. Crews were removing boats and damaged sections of the wharf Monday.

Brine said the club intends to rebuild a stronger wharf in time for next summer.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2019
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