NB Power is strongly cautioning customers against attempting to remove, clear, or have any contact with trees or vegetation near power lines or infrastructure. This can be an extremely dangerous activity if performed by anyone other than trained professionals.

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The aftermath of Tropical Storm Arthur has created a challenging and frustrating situation for customers and property owners in the province.  But the utility wants to ensure that people avoid situations that could lead to injury or loss of life.

NB Power Crews will continue to work to remove trees and other obstacles and threats to the system as part of the ongoing recovery effort. The utility says this work will continue well past the time when restoration work is complete.

As of 9 a.m. Monday, there were about 5200 customers without power in New Brunswick, the majority being in the Fredericton area.  Fewer than 400 customers in the Woodstock region remained off the grid. NB Power said that nine crews from Emera Maine joined the recovery effort in New Brunswick Sunday, after assisting in Nova Scotia for the past week.

If you have any concern about tree removal and the status of the recovery effort in your area, customers may call NB Power at 1-800-663-6272.