BC Hydro crews continue working to restore power to customers after a massive windstorm on Thursday.
Hydro reported Monday (Dec. 24) it had restored power to more than 600,000 customers since the windstorm hit on Thursday, including all customers in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley affected by the storm. Approximately 23,000 customers remain without power on Vancouver Island and the Southern Gulf Islands.
Crews from the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley were on the first ferries this morning to Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands to assist with repairing the remaining damage. Contractor crews from Alberta and the East Coast have also been brought in to assist.
Restoring remaining customers continues to be a challenge due to the extent of the damage. Hundreds of outages remain that crews have to attend to individually to make repairs, which includes restringing hundreds of spans of power lines, and replacing power poles and transformers.
For a full list, go to www.bchydro.com/power-outages/app/outage-list.html and click Vancouver Island, North.