I rise, once again, to extend my appreciation to community volunteers, first responders, and transportation and utility workers who continue to serve Islanders affected by this week’s power outages.
Maritime Electric worked overnight and were successful at restoring power to many customers.
Currently, they are reporting 500 customers without power.
Mr. Speaker, this has been a challenging week for the Islanders affected by this power outages, and those working to restore power, clear our roads, and ensure public safety.
But we continue to hear stories of Islanders pitching in to help each other.
It is in our nature to reach out to neighbours to provide a warm meal, a warm place to stay, and additional offers of assistance.
Today there is a warming centre at the Cardigan Fire Hall.
Islanders are also welcome to drop-in to get warm at the following municipal spaces, which are open during normal business hours:
- Roddie Community Center in St. Peters and St. Peters Fire Hall
- Eastern Kings Sportsplex in Souris
The Lower Montague warming shelter at the Community Center will open on community request.
During this week, there were also warming shelters open in Murray Harbour, Montague, Vernon River, Georgetown, Belfast and more.
Mr. Speaker, our Government recognizes that this storm has led to some unexpected hardships.
It is at the community level that the impact of this storm can be most appreciated. We will be providing $5,000 for each community that had a warming shelter during this storm and its aftermath.
Communities can use this assistance to recover any unexpected out-of-pocket costs they incurred or alternatively they can distribute it directly to residents who need it the most.
These centres welcomed Islanders affected by power outages, and they were friendly places to stop by, warm up, charge devices and spend some time with neighbours.
I know Islanders were appreciative of these efforts and the many hours volunteers gave to assist their neighbours.
Thank you, once again to all the community volunteers who gave their time to keeping warming shelters open this week, to cooking for their neighbors and to helping their communities.
Mr. Speaker, Maritime Electric is working diligently to restore power to all parts of the province. I thank them for their efforts.
The PEI Emergency Measures Organization continues to monitor the situation across the Island.
Thank you, once again, to all Islanders for their service to each other.