May 2, 2014 11:10 am

Maritimes March storm damage cost electric company $400,000

A pedestrian battles the high winds and blowing snow as he walks in downtown Halifax on Wednesday, March 26, 2014.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

CHARLOTTETOWN – Maritime Electric says a March storm that left thousands in Prince Edward Island without power for days, resulted in $400,000 in repairs.

But utility spokeswoman Kim Griffin says the costs were already factored into contingency plans that were part of the P.E.I. Energy Accord.

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Griffin says there will be no new rate impact to customers as a result.

The March 31 storm saw heavy ice build up on power lines around the province leading to snapped poles, downed lines and thousands of customers without power.

Despite the damage, the March 31 storm paled in comparison to the ice storm that hit the Island in 2008.

That storm brought down about 300 poles and cost Maritime Electric $2 million in repairs.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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