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    BC Hydro responds to severe weather event


    November 16, 2021 - ENP Newswire

     

      VANCOUVER - Heavy rains, flooding and mudslides have caused outages to thousands in B.C. and high water inflows into BC Hydro's reservoirs have resulted in several flood alerts.

      Transmission outages: BC Hydro crews worked overnight Sunday to respond to power outages caused by weather impacts on BC Hydro's transmission infrastructure in the eastern areas of the Fraser Valley. Overnight, more than 5,200 customers in Hope were without power due to issues with multiple main transmission lines. Crews restored power at about 1 a.m., but power went out again at 7 a.m. Monday morning. BC Hydro crews are patrolling transmission lines to identify the cause of the outage, but weather conditions and lack of road access in some areas are challenging their efforts.

      Distribution outages: The weather has resulted in power outages in other areas as well, including Chilliwack, Maple ridge, Boston Bar and Spuzzum. In the Interior, heavy, wet snow brought down trees onto power lines that has impacted the communities of Golden, Parson, Donald and Field. Weather conditions and road closures are limiting crew access in many areas. Flooding has also led to power outages in Merritt.

      Reservoir levels: Increasing inflows from heavy rain in local rivers has resulted in flood alerts for residents downstream of three BC Hydro reservoirs - Coquitlam, Wahleach (near Hope), and Alouette (near Maple Ridge). BC Hydro staff are also working to manage water levels from Cheakamus (near Squamish), and Stave Lake (near Pitt Meadows) and may issue alerts for those reservoirs later today.

      With several additional provincial flood alerts currently in place, BC Hydro is coordinating with provincial and local agencies and is asking residents to monitor the situation and be prepared for further instructions from local officials as the situation develops. BC Hydro is also encouraging the public to stay away from impacted rivers as flows can change rapidly.

      BC Hydro is also preparing for high winds in the forecast for the Lower Mainland later today. BC Hydro appreciates its customers' patience as repair work continues today and will provide updated estimates for power restoration as they become available at bchydro.com/outages.

      Contact:

      Tel: 1 800 224 9376

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