Power has been restored to the North Island. BC Hydro is asking any customers who still do not have power to contact them. (BC Hydro photo)

Power has been restored to the North Island. BC Hydro is asking any customers who still do not have power to contact them. (BC Hydro photo)

Power is back on in most of the North Island

If you still don’t have electricity, now’s the time to call it in

The transmission system providing power to the North Island has been turned back on after crews repaired damage caused by the windstorm Tuesday.

To any customers who still don’t have electricity, BC Hydro is asking that they contact BC Hydro at 1-800-BCHYDRO ((1 800 224 9376) to report it.

It could mean there is a problem with a distribution power line that was not fixed. Crews are still on the North Island, and BC Hydro wants to make sure everything is fixed before crews head back down Island.

As of 9 a.m. on Nov. 19, there are still numerous places in the North Island without power.

  • Alert Bay has one outage with 22 customers still affected;
  • Port Alice has two outages with 666 customers still affected;
  • Areas of Port Hardy have nine outages with 796 customers still affected;
  • Port McNeill has one outage with five customers still affected; and
  • Tahsis and Zeballos have one outage with 199 customers still affected.

“Crews made progress through the evening as they continued restoration efforts on northern Vancouver Island,” stated BC Hydro on its website at 8 a.m. on Nov. 19. “All available crews will be working around the clock, but a few thousand customers in Telegraph Cove, Barr Creek, Zeballos, Holberg, Winter Harbour, Quatsino, Port Alice and small pockets in the Port McNeil area [were] without power overnight. Crews will continue helicopter patrols today.”

To any customers who still don’t have electricity, BC Hydro is asking that they contact BC Hydro at 1-800-BCHYDRO (1 800 224 9376) to report it.

Thousands of customers were without power for almost 30 hours from noon on Nov. 17 to 5 p.m. on Nov. 18 due to a windstorm.

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