Thousands in New Brunswick in the dark on Christmas Day after ice storm

ABOVE: The ice storm that put parts of eastern Canada in a deep freeze left 40,000 New Brunswick homes without power heading into Christmas. Ross Lord reports.

SAINT JOHN, N.B. – Thousands of people in New Brunswick are being forced to celebrate Christmas in the dark after a weekend ice storm.

NB Power says more than 30,000 customers are still without power, but crews are working through Christmas Day and into next weekend to repair downed power lines.

More than 14,000 of the outages are in the Saint John area, but people in Sussex, St. Stephen, Moncton and Fredericton are also shivering in the dark.

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The Crown-owned utility has said customers will have to wait until Saturday before power is restored.

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At one point Monday, more than 50,000 residents in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia were without power.

In Nova Scotia, the number of outages had been cut to less than 1,000 by late Tuesday, and all power had been restored by Christmas Day.

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