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Fiona: Most P.E.I. schools ready to reopen after powerful storm caused week-long closure

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Defence Minister Anita Anand provided details on the Canadian military’s deployment to Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador in the wake of post-tropical storm Fiona. Anand said military personnel is on the ground in Nova Scotia and PEI where they will help with cleaning up debris and restoring power. In addition, HMCS Margaret Brooke is being deployed to Newfoundland to help perform wellness checks in four coastal communities – Sep 26, 2022

Most public schools in Prince Edward Island are ready to open Monday after being closed for all of last week following post-tropical storm Fiona.

According to the provincial Education Department website, 48 Island schools are ready to welcome back students, while six remain closed due to significant storm damage.

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Another eight schools either damaged or hit by a lack of power could possibly open, but a final decision hadn’t been made as of late Sunday afternoon.

Meanwhile, the power outages continued for thousands of people in both P.E.I. and Nova Scotia more than a week after the powerful storm ravaged Atlantic Canada and eastern Quebec.

Over 21,000 Maritime Electric customers in P.E.I were still without electricity late Sunday, while just over 27,000 Nova Scotia Power customers were waiting to be reconnected to the grid.

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In the hard hit Sydney, N.S., area, the utility said line crews were going street to street in certain neighbourhoods to restore power.

Lia MacDonald, northeast emergency operations centre lead for Nova Scotia Power, issued a statement on Sunday saying the restoration work was happening at the “community level.”

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“Given the extent of the damage crews still face, we expect customers, particularly those in the northeast region, and some in Cape Breton, will see their estimated restoration times change,” said MacDonald.

As of Sunday, the utility said power had been restored to about 89 per cent of its customers in Cape Breton.

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