Thousands without power on Vancouver Island

Tuesday’s dump of snow has cut power to nearly 10,000 homes in Victoria and Duncan

UPDATE: Dec. 19/4:30 p.m.

More than 11,000 people remain without power on southern Vancouver Island as snow and freezing rain have impacted many residents.

BC Hydro says all available resources are out working to restore power as quickly as possible, but difficult conditions and extensive damage mean some customers may experience longer outage durations.

The hardest hit areas have been Victoria, Nanaimo and Duncan. Officials say more than 75,000 people around the province have been affected by these power outages, many of which were caused by heavy, wet snow on branches that come into contact with electrical equipment.

If you see a downed power line you are to stay at least 10 metres back and immediately call 911.

——————————————————————————

Depending on where you live, it may not look like much snow is falling outside, but thousands of people on the south island are without power Tuesday morning.

BC Hydro says they’re dealing with multiple outages in Greater Victoria and the Cowichan Valley.

Approximately 1,500 people are in the dark this morning in East Sooke and another 3,000 are without power in Langford and the other West Shore communities. Many of the causes are still said to be under investigation, but a tree down across some wires is responsible for at least one of the outages.

Heading north over the Malahat and up Vancouver Island there are more outages, according to BC Hydro.

Another 1,300 customers are affected in the Cowichan Bay area and a further 700 are without power east of Duncan towards Lake Cowichan.

There is also a power outage in Shawnigan Lake affecting another 744 homes. In total, BC Hydro says there are almost 10,000 customers without power at this time.

Many of these outages are still under investigation or said to be caused by the snow.

More to come…

Just Posted

Banned song a classic, say most Cowichan Valley Citizen readers

Opinions were strong after we posted to our Facebook page the story… Continue reading

Duncan’s Silver Bridge painting project on schedule

Last week it was announced the Koksilah River Bridge work’s completion date… Continue reading

Drivesmart column: Taking cyclists seriously

This officer must have missed some important reading in their copy of the Motor Vehicle Act.

Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association’s $20K grant will help kids keep riding

Approximately 85-90 per cent of CTRA’s clients are children under the age of 18.

VIDEO: Christmas arrives in Cowichan with Celtic Rhythms, Summit Dance show

Bright costumes, seasonal music, happy faces: it was all there for everyone to enjoy

Coming up in Cowichan: From a kitchen party to a live nativity play

Stroke Recovery branch hosting an Open House Nova Scotia Kitchen Party The… Continue reading

Natural gas rates will go up in B.C. on Jan. 1

Regions could pay up to $68 more

Top House Dems raise prospect of impeachment, jail for Trump

It could be an “impeachable offense” if it’s proven that President Donald Trump directed illegal hush-money payments to women during the 2016 campaign.

Macron addresses France amid protests; is it too late?

Paris monuments reopened, cleanup workers cleared debris and shop owners tried to put the city on its feet again Sunday.

CUPE calls off Flair Airlines job action citing job security concerns

The union says it’s going to challenge Flair’s move at the Canada Industrial Relations Board before proceeding with any job action.

Trump looking at several candidates for new chief of staff

Trump’s top pick for the job, Nick Ayers, is out of the running and Trump is now soliciting input on at least four individuals.

Canadian physicist collects Nobel Prize

Canada’s Donna Strickland is one of three winners of this year’s Nobel Prize for Physics.

BCHL players help Team Canada in shootout win over U.S.

Massimo Rizzo scores the shootout winner at World Junior A Challenge

Most Read