July 20, 2014 4:21 pm

30% NB Power bills to be estimated after Arthur

Power lines are pictured in New Brunswick. The province's Energy

Steve Fiander/Global News

FREDERICTON – The province’s energy utility is warning people they might be surprised when they open up their July power bill.

Because of post-tropical storm Arthur, NB Power says their ‘meter readers’ were pulled from normal duties to assist in restoration efforts.

Those who did continue reading the meters found “storm-related debris blocking their access to meters and damage to meters,” NB Power said in a release.

That’s why about 30 per cent of customers won’t see much of a difference in their next bill, despite not having power for up to two weeks.

The bill will be estimated based on past usage during the previous month.

“NB Power guarantees customers that if a meter was over estimated, the next bill will be lowered to reflect the customer’s action consumption based on the next actual meter reading,” the utility said in a release.

Arthur brought winds over 116 km/h and more than 110 millimetres of rain to New Brunswick. The city of Fredericton says it was the most devastating storm the city has ever seen.



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