Maritimers digging out after winter storm
Published Friday, December 28, 2012 6:30PM AST
Last Updated Friday, December 28, 2012 6:34PM AST
Maritimers are digging out from the storm that blanketed the region Thursday. The system brought snow and rain, and in some cases both, making for a messy cleanup.
Twenty centimeters of snow fell on most parts of New Brunswick.
In Fredericton, city crews were up all night clearing streets. The opening of municipal offices was delayed Friday morning due to storm cleanup.
Many New Brunswickers spent the day shoveling. Moncton resident Michelle Cormier sees the cleanup as a chance to get her children active.
“They’ve been cooped up in the house a little bit so it’s good for them to get some exercise and fresh air,” says Cormier.
Parts of Nova Scotia were also hit hard, but rain quickly washed away the snow that fell in Halifax.
In Cape Breton, strong winds forced ferries to Newfoundland to remain dockside with crossings to resume later Friday night.
The weather also caused delays at the Greater Moncton International Airport and power outages across the province. At its peak, NB Power reported 2600 customers without power around Grand-Manan, Campobello and St. Stephen.
Moncton resident Ron Babineau was using the weather to help out neighbours. After every storm he’s out clearing driveways and sidewalks along his street.
“I’m retired,” says Babineau. “I enjoy getting out into the fresh air and I can’t think of a better way to do that than to sit on my tractor and enjoy myself. That’s my toy.”
Maritimers won’t have much time to rest after the cleanup; another storm is headed toward the Maritimes on Sunday.
With files from CTV Atlantic's Jonathan MacInnis