Fiona PEI Residents Worried About Pace of Response 10 Days After Losing Power


Ten days after Tropical Storm Fiona hit the area, residents of Prince Edward Island say they are exhausted, anxious and cold as thousands remain without power.

Kylie Graham, whose Charlottetown apartment has had no power since 1 a.m. on Sept. 24, said life was becoming increasingly difficult as she coped with the drop in temperatures and lack of heat and light. I’m here.

The 26-year-old is also a volunteer at Charlottetown Mutual Aid, where she encounters elderly and homeless people who are worse off than she is.

Wanda Arnold, 70, of Charlottetown’s Huntingdon Court seniors’ complex, said she and other residents were given blankets, but at night she shivered in the darkness with no heat or electricity. Is called.

Graham and Arnold say Maritime Electric has responded poorly and believes more repair workers should be made available to restore power to vulnerable citizens more quickly. .

More than 16,000 customers were without power on the island as of midday, according to the utility’s website.

Overall, the utility says it feels the grid is holding up well and that the crew is doing their best to respond to the hurricane that caused damage across the island.

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