In the dark: Clarence woman waits for her power to come back

Heather Killen
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Shirley Minard and her husband Jack, of Clarence, have been flicking lights and praying since Saturday, but nothing happens.

Shirley Minard and her husband Jack have been flicking lights since Saturday, but so far nothing happens.

The Clarence area couple is facing Day 6 without electricity. Fortunately the water supply to the barn is gravity fed, so their oxen, chickens and sheep are watered. But with no lights in the barn, or power in the house, chores are more of a challenge these days.

“We have no way to cook, so we’ve been eating sandwiches,” she said. “But what we are most concerned about is the food in the freezer.”

The couple’s two freezers are filled with between $300 and $400 of meat, milk and vegetables. They’ve been trying to keep the doors closed on the fridge and freezer, in faint hopes of salvaging something.

Minard says she’s been flipping light switches and praying for days, but they don’t know when power will be restored. While Nova Scotia Power officials promised to contact hard-to-reach customers, Minard says a phone call wouldn’t have done her any good as she has been without cell service.

“Every day I flick the switch and ask the Lord to please help us get our power back,” she says. “They say the Lord will provide and I guess so far we’re doing okay, we have what we need.”


Organizations: Nova Scotia Power

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