Thousands of BC Hydro customers without power in Greater Victoria

The outages comes as strong rains and heavy winds hit the Island

BC Hydro has crews assessing damage and making repairs as nearly 130,000 BC Hydro customers are without power on Vancouver Island.

“It’s a pretty significant event that has hit all of Vancouver Island essentially,” said Ted Olynyk, a manager of community relations with BC Hydro.

A release sent out by BC Hydro says damage to their equipment is being caused by fallen branches and trees. Strong winds have made damage assessment and repairs difficult but crews are repairing power lines, poles and transformers where it is safe.

“All available resources will work throughout the day and into the evening to safely restore power,” the release noted.

Nearly 28,000 BC Hydro customers in the Greater Victoria area are without power, according to BC Hydro’s online outage map.

READ MORE: Wind gusts of 100 km/hr batter Vancouver Island as storm continues

The map shows customers in Sidney, North Saanich, Central Saanich, Saanich, Langford, View Royal, Colwood, Metchosin and the Highlands are affected. It says crews have been assigned to the areas and that the outages are under investigation.

Power was lost in the various areas starting around 11:10 a.m.

Another 4,000 hydro customers in Sooke have been without power due to a tree down across some wires. BC Hydro does not have an expected time for the power to be restored.

According to the BC Hydro website, about 67,430 customers on South Vancouver Island are affected by outages as of 2:25 p.m. Thursday.

Highway management group Mainroad South Island Contracting is also warning of multiple trees down on south Island highways.

A tree down on Highway 17 southbound at Keating Cross Road, created single-lane traffic and was cleared at approximately 3 p.m. Multiple trees are down on Highway 14 causing road closures at Tugwell Bridge and Parkinson Creek. Mainroad also says multiple trees are down on other side roads in Duncan, Mill Bay, East Sooke and the Gulf Islands.

READ MORE: Power outage creates mayhem at mall parkade

“Mainroad crews are working at full strength with BC Hydro and other agencies to reopen roads as soon as possible,” the release said. “Motorists, please exercise caution while driving and use the four-way stop procedure at intersections that have lost their power.”

The outages come as strong winds up to 100 kilometres per hour and heavy rains hit Vancouver Island on Thursday.

“This is very similar to the storm we had in 2006 with the amount of damage we’re looking at,” Olynyk said. “It’s a pretty extreme wind event causing some very significant damage to our equipment across Vancouver Island.”

Olynyk said BC Hydro is reminding customers to call 911 if they see a downed line and to stay 10 metres away from it.

shalu.mehta@goldstreamgazette.com


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Saanich teen serious lawn bowler

Chambers will compete in an international tournament in Australia

Black History Month: Documentary sheds light on black pioneers’ role in Victoria

Secret Victoria: Rush to Freedom looks at how a mass migration shaped the capital

Hundreds of wax figures find new life in Saanich man’s home

Former director of Victoria’s Royal London Wax Museum still hopes to revive wax figure tourism

Governor general says multiple solutions needed for ‘complicated’ overdose issue

Julie Payette met at a fire hall with firefighters and police officers as well as politicians and health experts

VIDEO: Wounded Warrior Run leaves Port Hardy on eight-day trek down Vancouver island

The team’s fundraising goal this year is $250,000, which is double last year’s goal.

HIGHLIGHTS: Day one and two at the 2020 BC Winter Games

Athletes had sunny – but cold – weather to work with in Fort St. John

B.C. money laundering inquiry to begin amid hopes for answers, accountability

Eby argued that most B.C. residents already know the previous government, at best, turned a blind eye

Blockades remain in place as Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs returning to B.C.

Hereditary Chief Woos said they are ready to engage in nation-to-nation talks with the B.C.

Tyler Toffoli scores twice, Canucks crush Bruins 9-3

Stecher, Miller each add three points for Vancouver

Zamboni driver, 42, earns NHL win over Maple Leafs

Emergency goalie called into action for Carolina Hurricanes

Landlord ordered to pay $11K after harassing B.C. mom to move days after giving birth

Germaine Valdez was pressured to move just a few days after giving birth by C-section to her child

Heart attacks strike B.C. husband and wife just over one year apart

Courtenay couple share personal stories to bring awareness to heart month

Most Read