Truck takes out town utility poles

A truck with an over-height load took out at least two utility poles Thursday in Lake Cowichan.

The remains of the utility pole outside of Country Grocer lie splintered on the ground last Thursday

A truck with an over-height load took out at least two utility poles Thursday in Lake Cowichan.

One pole was outside Country Grocer and the other by the high school, confirmed public works superintendent Nagi Rizk.

BC Hydro spokesperson Karla Lowers said there were no power outages as a result of the incident.

“Although we did receive calls, it wasn’t actually our lines that were damaged, it was Telus or other utilities that were brought down with it,” she said.

“It was a truck with an over-height load.”

Lake Cowichan RCMP spokesperson Sgt. Wes Olson said police were involved.

“A member did deal with it,” Olson said.

“I’m sure we located the truck and the member investigated and dealt with the driver.”

Rizk said six to eight utility trucks were out to fix the damage caused by what’s believed to be a logging truck, on Thursday.

He figures that if it wasn’t BC Hydro, it was Telus and/or Shaw services that could have possibly been affected.

While it has been a busy day for private utility crews with the storms, Rizk said his public works crews have also been kept busy with flooding around the town. Saywell park was several feet deep in water.

“People on river fronts, of course, the water is getting high, they’re getting anxious,” he said, adding they’ve got a policy on sandbags and under certain circumstances they give them out.

Water has been inching close to Jakes at the Lake and spot flooding can be found in various locations including Saywell Park and at the corner of Pine and Cowichan East.

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