No power for 2,800 in Digby County, no school for everyone

Jonathan Riley, Digby Courier
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A small work barge, that was tied to a larger one moored just off the Digby wharf, broke free about 7 p.m. Wednesday night. A fisherman who was checking on his boat said the barge took four minutes to cross the harbour and go around near the bottom of Warwick Street.

Power is still out to 2,800 customers in Digby County this morning and Nova Scotia Power estimates it won’t be coming back on until 6 p.m. tonight.

Department of Transportation crews are busy keeping up with drifts of snow on major roads while many back roads haven’t seen a plow since yesterday.

Schools across the province remain closed today. The NSCC campuses in this end of the province are all closed.

More than 30 cm of snow fell in Digby County yesterday and overnight.

The weather station at Brier Island recorded a gust of 142 km/h around 7 p.m. last night and sustained winds over 90 kmh for the whole of the afternoon and evening.

That combination of heavy snowfall and high winds created zero visibility for most of the day and large drifts on the roads.

The Department of Transportation snowplows in the Digby concentrated on the major roads  (Highways 1, 101, 303 and 217) for most of yesterday.

A small work barge, tied to the larger McNally barge moored next to the Digby wharf, broke free about 7 p.m. last night.

A fisherman who was checking his own boat at the wharf at the time, said he was videoing the big barge as it rode the large waves and then all of a sudden he noticed the little barge was gone.

He said it took the little barge, carrying a workboat on its deck, only four minutes to cross the harbour and land on the shore near the bottom of Warwick Street.

Flurries should this morning and we should see clearing in Digby County with some continued local blowing snow this morning.

The winds will remain high but nothing like they were, out of northwest 50 km/h gusting to 80.

The high for today is zero and temperatures are forecast to remain above zero through the weekend with a high of 12 forecast for Saturday.

Organizations: Department of Transportation, Nova Scotia Power

Geographic location: Digby County, Brier Island, Warwick Street

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