About 140 traffic lights in St. John’s need replacement, but city has only 30-40 spares
Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro has ended its power warning, with a unit at its Holyrood generating station fully back online.
The power utility issued a request noon Sunday, asking customers on the Avalon Peninsula to conserve energy as it slowly brought Unit 1 back on line. Demand had been approaching the system’s full capacity, but around 6:15 p.m. Hydro announced the unit was back in service and ended the warning.
There are still 13,500 customers without power, after a storm with powerful winds knocked out power lines, ripped siding and roofs off homes and overturned a truck.
Among the customers without power is St. John’s airport, which is operating on backup power. Desk agents at the airport are wearing parkas because of the lack of heat and baggage carousels are out of service.
Some traffic lights throughout the St. John’s area are flashing, or missing completely.
St. John’s Coun. Danny Breen said Sunday there are 72 intersections in St. John’s with traffic lights that are either not working or down completely. While some damaged lights can be repaired, the city will have to replace about 140 lights, but only has 30 to 40 spares on hand.