A tree down on the road and power lines on Yale Road West in front of Chilliwack Golf Club Thursday afternoon. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)

‘Several more days’ for some people to get electricity: BC Hydro

Windstorm knocked out power to tens of thousands of people

About 12,000 people in British Columbia were still without power on Christmas Day following Thursday’s wind storm.

BC Hydro spokeswoman Mora Scott said it will be “several more days” before some people get the lights back on.

Most of those without power are on Vancouver Island and the Southern Gulf Islands, she said.

“We have about 90 crews working on Vancouver Island and the the Gulf Islands today,” Scott said. “The damage is really extensive though in the remaining areas and their are still hundreds of individual outages so it’s going to take some time to restore the power to everyone.”

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Winds as high as 100 kilometres per hour ripped over southern B.C., toppling trees and snapping power lines, knocking out power to more than 600,000 customers.

Thursday’s windstorm was the worst that BC Hydro has seen in 20 years and more than 800 field workers are working around the clock to repair the extensive damage, the statement said.

Crews from as far away as Atlantic Canada and Alberta have been brought in to lend a helping hand.

The hundreds of outages will require crews to attend to each of them individually to make repairs, including restringing hundreds of spans of lines, and replacing power poles and transformers.

The Canadian Press


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