Calabogie residents ‘resilient’ as power blackout continues
Calabogie-area residents borrowed generators and shared supplies as they faced their fourth day without electricity following Monday’s major storm.
As of Thursday, over 1,500 Hydro One customers in the Calabogie area were still without power. Fallen trees, hydro poles and power lines littered the streets as Hydro One, Bell Canada, local contractors and emergency crews assisted with debris clean up and repairs.
The area around Norway Lake north of the town took the worst of the storm.
There were no injuries or fires caused by what Environment Canada called a “unique macro-burst wind.”
Most roads were passable Thursday, after major sections of County Road 508 and 511 had been closed off earlier in the week due to severe damage.
A fire ban remained in effect as the fire department assists with response efforts. Hydro One also advised people to stay away from live wires, some of which are still down in outlying and remote areas.
Power outages are common for the Greater Madawaska area and most residents are prepared for these kinds of emergencies.