N.B. businesses assess losses due to major power outage
Published Monday, February 4, 2013 6:46PM AST
Last Updated Monday, February 4, 2013 6:47PM AST
Four days have passed since high winds and heavy rain knocked out power to tens of thousands of homes, mostly in New Brunswick, and some are only now getting back on the grid.
Things are almost back to normal at a grocery store in Rothesay, but a large section of its frozen food aisle sits empty.
Manager Jonathan Cann says power went out Thursday, but wasn’t restored to the store until late Saturday.
“We’re still doing an inventory on what we’ve lost,” he says. “The ice cream was one of the casualties. They don’t keep, it doesn’t keep unless it’s in the minus 20, minus 30 degree range anyways.”
Cann says the price tag for their losses is being added up, along with the loss of frozen treats. Much of the store’s meat also had to be discarded.
The Canadian Red Cross is reminding people to check their fridges and freezers if they experienced a power outage, as there are concerns over food that hasn’t been kept at the right temperature.
“Anything in your freezer, even if it was full of frozen goods, after 48 hours, really it’s something that has to be taken care of and discarded,” says Red Cross spokesman Bill Lawlor. “A lot of the food could spoil over that time.”
Kennebecasis Valley was one of the areas hardest hit. Town officials hope the incident will encourage those who weren’t prepared to start stocking up.
“These things don’t occur that often, but when they do occur, it’s important that we have things like fresh water and perhaps additional food that could keep that you can use, keep warm, extra blankets and that kind of thing would be, I’m sure, helpful,” says Quispamsis Mayor Murray Driscoll.
As for the grocery store, its frozen food aisle will be stocked up again this week. Cann isn’t sure what the final loss will be but expects the numbers will be worked out later this week.
With files from CTV Atlantic's Ashley Dunbar