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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

From 54,000 In The Dark To 25,000

Many families in the region are moving their Christmas dinner and other festivities to the relative's home that has power.

Following last week's massive ice storm,  more than 25,000 New Brunswickers do not have electricity.

The Rothesay cluster has 229 outages impacting more than 13,000 NB Power customers.

That includes Hampton, Grand Bay-Westfield, Welsford, Rothesay and Quispamsis.

In the Sussex cluster, nearly 2700 homes and businesses are without power in locations like Cambridge-Narrows, Norton, Kars and Havelock.

Almost 1200 people living in Ripples, Waasis, Rusagonis and Wirral are off the grid as well.

NB Power says the lights should be back on anytime between tomorrow and in some cases Saturday.

Number Of People Without Power Going Down But Still Substantial

NB Power is making headway in getting power restored with more than 28 thousand homes and businesses around the province without, which is down from the more than 51 thousand yesterday morning.

There are still more than 14 thousand in the Rothesay region. This includes not only Rothesay but Grand Bay-Westfield, Quispamsis, Hampton, Nauwigewauk,  Titusville, the Kingston Peninsula, Nerepis, Rowley, Queenstown and Passekeag.

NB Power is now estimating restoration could be anywhere from late tomorrow night to  Saturday night depending on where you live.

Warming centres have been set up at the Brundage Point River Centre in Grand Bay-Westfield, the Lighthouse River Centre in Hampton, the Quispamsis Civic Centre above the #2 fire station on Civic Road and at Rothesay-Netherwood in Heritage Hall.

Saint John Energy, in its latest update, is reporting power outages on Keating Road, Kirkpatrick Lane, Bradley Lake Road, Dolan Road, Janes Way, Woodside Drive, Bay Crescent Drive, Chalmers Drive, Station Road and Upper Golden Grove. There's no estimate when the power will be back on.

There are more than 75 hundred homes and businesses still in the dark in the St. Stephen region. This includes as well as St. Stephen, Blacks Harbour, St. George, Lepreau, Harvey,  McAdam, St. Andrews, Pennfield, Musquash, Utopia, Oak Bay, Waweig, Yoho, Pocologan, Back Bay, Oak Bay, Little Ridge, Chamcook, Bocabec, Oak Hill and Digdeguash. NB Power is estimating it could be anywhere from tonight before power is restored for a few customers in McAdam but, for most still without electricity, it appears to be late Saturday night now.

Warming stations have been set up at the Civic Centre in St. George and the D-F-O Biological Station in St. Andrews.

More than 31 hundred homes and businesses are without electricity in the Sussex area with NB Power estimating it will be late tomorrow night before over a thousand customers in Jemseg get their service restored but the latest estimate for most is late Saturday night.

Handgun Reported Stolen

A 27 year old woman, who was on house arrest, is behind bars facing a charge of stealing a handgun from a home off Rothesay Avenue.

Her name won't be made public until she is formally charged in court.

Police Investigating As Baby Is Taken To Regional Hospital

A 10 week old baby boy is in pediatric intensive care at the Regional Hospital and Major Crime is investigating. 

The baby was taken from a home in the north end and the Department of Social Development is also involved in the case. 

Police aren't sure whether the baby was injured by accident or deliberately and are waiting to see the medical reports.