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UPDATE: More hydro crews arrive on the Island

B.C. Hydro says 23,000 still without power after Thursday’s wind storm

B.C. Hydro has more workers en route to outages on Vancouver Island.

The utility provided an update Monday morning on its efforts to restore power after 600,000 customers on B.C.’s south coast were impacted by Thursday’s wind storm.

According to B.C. Hydro, there are still about 23,000 without power on Vancouver Island and the southern Gulf Islands.

“B.C. Hydro crews from the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley will be on the first ferries this morning to Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands to assist with repairing the remaining damage. Contractor crews from Alberta and the East Coast have also been brought in to assist,” Monday’s press release noted.

The work includes re-stringing hundreds of stretches of power lines and replacing poles and transformers.

Customers can view maps and lists of outages, with information on where work crews have been assigned, at http://bchydro.com/outages.

The City of Nanaimo is keeping the Beban Park social centre open today, Dec. 24, until 4 p.m., “for warmth and phone charging.”

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