Clearing away the debris in Annapolis County and waiting for coffee, gas and electricity

Heather Killen
Published on July 6, 2014

The sound of generators is a clear sign that most people are still without power.

Sunday finds people in Kings and Annapolis clearing debris and assessing the damage left by Arthur, the first major storm of the hurricane season.

The line-up of cars waiting at the drive through to Tim Horton’s in Kingston was passed the T&S Print Shop, with more people lined-up on foot, from the door to the street. In Lequille similar line-ups were taking place as people waited for gas.

Gas stations in Lequille, Middleton self-serve at Savage Fuels, Granville Centre Irving, and various gas staions in Kingston, Coldbrook and New Minas are still pumping.

Most of Annapolis, parts of Kings County are still without electricity as powerful winds knocked down trees and power lines in some areas. Public works, Department of Highways and Nova Scotia Power crews were out early this morning working to clear debris and restore power to communities.

Yesterday many residents woke up to power interruptions, and later in the day as the storm intensified as it moved across the Valley, residents in outlying areas lost power. Middleton lost it shortly after 2:30 p.m. and the Kingston area by about 3:30 p.m.

High winds knocked down trees, broke branches and cluttered some roadways with debris. A porta potty at Middleton’s Centennial Park was blown sideways against a power pole and various letter signs took a similar beating.

The Middleton fire department had a fairly quiet time with three calls in response to fallen trees, according to Chief Chris Barker. Sunday the Town of Middleton, as well as the Bridgetown area and through Annapolis Royal was still without electricity.

Cell service was also down in the town of Middleton, with limited reception available along Gates Mountain Rd.