Old Man Winter came charging through the proverbial door after a soggy Monday morning turned to snow across the Lower Mainland.
More than 170,000 B.C. Hydro customers across the province lost power during a snowstorm on Monday, Dec. 21.This included hundreds of customers across Agassiz-Harrison.
The largest disruption happened when a downed wire left 1,500 customers north of Else Road without power in Agassiz and virtually all of Harrison Hot Springs; it was restored about 19 hours after the snowstorm knocked it out.
In the earliest outage still being restored as of Tuesday morning when a tree fell across the wires, knocking out power for Hemlock Valley near Harrison Mills, which affects 703 customers.
Further outages affected the 1500 block of Johnson Road and the 5600 block of Limbert Road and the 2900 block of Hot Springs Road; Limbert Road’s and Hot Springs Road’s outage causes are still under investigation, but as they went out mid Monday afternoon, it’s likely caused by the snowstorm as well.
Around 6 p.m. Monday, a tree fell across the wires between Chilliwack and the district of Kent, which B.C. Hydro restored before Tuesday afternoon; this outage affected 193 customers.
An estimated 2,400 local customers in all were affected by the Monday snowstorm. As of publication, B.C. Hydro crews are working on restoring the biggest local problem areas.
More to come.
– With Files from Patrick Penner
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