Credits: HEATHER WRIGHT
Mike Leach, 47, was electrocuted Wednesday morning while fixing downed power lines.
He had worked for the hydro company for four years but had 21 years' experience as a linesman, having spent most of his career in Nova Scotia.
"I can't put it into words how we're feeling as a company and what we're feeling for his family. It is a tragedy beyond words... Words seem inadequate. It is almost hard to believe," said Janice McMichael Dennis, CEO of Bluewater.
"We're a close company and losing one of your own is something I don't think we will ever recover from," she said.
Mayor Mike Bradley said Leach's death is not just a loss to Bluewater Power and to his family but to the community. He said citizens often forget the danger involved in the work the power workers do and the pride they take in their job.
"They are relentless in keeping the city moving and helping people," Bradley said. "We thought we were through the worst of the storm, and then it was just stunning when this happened."
The Ministry of Labour and the Electrical Utility Safety Authority are investigating the accident.
The storm, which devastated New York City and New Jersey, briefly plunged this city into darkness after winds gusting as high as 121 km/h blew down power lines.