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The Puntledge River flows will soon return to more normal levels. Black Press file photo

Normal water levels returning to Puntledge River: BC Hydro

Water inflows from the many storms have been significant but manageable

  • Nov 17, 2021

 

Monday’s rain and windstorm downed trees onto BC Hydro wires across Vancouver Island, leaving thousands without power. (Courtesy BC Hydro)

UPDATE: Lights back on for nearly all of Greater Victoria in wake of storm

50,000 people lost power in southern Vancouver Island Monday afternoon

 

BC Hydro is extending the public safety advisory to stay away from the Campbell River through Wednesday, Nov. 17. Pictured: Elk Falls. Stephen Watson/ BC Hydro

BC Hydro extends heavy current warnings for the Campbell River

River flows, and the water flow around Elk Falls, continue to be high and dangerous

BC Hydro is extending the public safety advisory to stay away from the Campbell River through Wednesday, Nov. 17. Pictured: Elk Falls. Stephen Watson/ BC Hydro
Several BC Hydro outages have left Greater Victoria residents without power Nov. 15. (Black Press Media file photo)

UPDATE: 50,000 without power across southern Vancouver Island

Thousands of people, multiple businesses without power across region

Several BC Hydro outages have left Greater Victoria residents without power Nov. 15. (Black Press Media file photo)
Clocks in Tofino and Ucluelet got off to a slow start last week as BC Hydro crews worked to repair a transmission line connecting the West Coast to the rest of the Vancouver Island power grid. (Andrew Bailey photo)

BC Hydro work slows clocks in Tofino and Ucluelet

West Coast clocks are back on their usual 60-second-per-minute pace after a slow start last week

Clocks in Tofino and Ucluelet got off to a slow start last week as BC Hydro crews worked to repair a transmission line connecting the West Coast to the rest of the Vancouver Island power grid. (Andrew Bailey photo)
Rollin power outages are affecting Greater Victoria residents Oct. 25 as strong winds move through the region. (Black Press Media file photo)

Numerous small power outages affecting Greater Victoria

Outages under investigation as windstorm takes hold

Rollin power outages are affecting Greater Victoria residents Oct. 25 as strong winds move through the region. (Black Press Media file photo)
Storm watchers take in the waves off Ucluelet. (Westerly file photo)

Storm warning: B.C. West Coast prepares as best it can for inevitable rough weather

BC Hydro ready as La Nina returns, with expected intensified winds and rainfall

Storm watchers take in the waves off Ucluelet. (Westerly file photo)
More than 1750 customers near the Swartz Bay BC Ferries terminal in North Saanich are without power due to a downed wire. (BC Hydro)

Power outages continue to impact areas all over Greater Victoria

The Tuesday outages have affected thousands of customers

More than 1750 customers near the Swartz Bay BC Ferries terminal in North Saanich are without power due to a downed wire. (BC Hydro)
Electronics plugs are seen on a power bar in Toronto on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2018. A report from British Columbia’s main electricity distributor says many B.C. residents are “misinformed” about the most efficient and cost effective ways to reduce their carbon footprint. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Giordano Ciampini

BC Hydro report says residents unaware of best choices when cutting carbon footprint

Survey finds many are “misinformed” about the most efficient and cost-effective choices

Electronics plugs are seen on a power bar in Toronto on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2018. A report from British Columbia’s main electricity distributor says many B.C. residents are “misinformed” about the most efficient and cost effective ways to reduce their carbon footprint. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Giordano Ciampini
BC Hydro is reporting 64 customers without power in Saanich due to a vehicle crash early around 5 a.m. on Sept. 30. (BC Hydro)

UPDATE: Thursday morning crash sends driver to hospital, downs power in Saanich

Medical emergency suspected crash cause; 64 customers remain without power

BC Hydro is reporting 64 customers without power in Saanich due to a vehicle crash early around 5 a.m. on Sept. 30. (BC Hydro)
A power outage Wednesday (Sept. 29) morning affected close to 2,000 customers on the Saanich Peninsula. (Courtesy BC Hydro)

UPDATE: Power restored to Saanich Peninsula customers, Swartz Bay terminal

Close to 2,000 customers lost power for over an hour Wednesday

A power outage Wednesday (Sept. 29) morning affected close to 2,000 customers on the Saanich Peninsula. (Courtesy BC Hydro)
BC Hydro is notifying North Island customers of a scheduled power outage that is set to occur on Oct. 4 at 10:00 p.m. (BC Hydro logo)

Planned power outage coming in October for North Island

Overnight outage Oct. 4 needed to affect long-term repairs for summer-damaged towers

BC Hydro is notifying North Island customers of a scheduled power outage that is set to occur on Oct. 4 at 10:00 p.m. (BC Hydro logo)
The landscape is dotted with power lines and poles as smoke from wildfires burning in the area fills the air while motorists travel on the Trans-Canada Highway near Walhachin, B.C., on Thursday, July 15, 2021. Residents across British Columbia are being advised to prepare a well-stocked emergency kit in advance of what BC Hydro warns could be a stormy fall and winter made worse by the effects of the severe summer drought. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Drought-weakened trees, fall storms could mean more power outages: BC Hydro

Conditions mirror those in 2015 and 2018, when the utility was hit by its two most damaging storms

The landscape is dotted with power lines and poles as smoke from wildfires burning in the area fills the air while motorists travel on the Trans-Canada Highway near Walhachin, B.C., on Thursday, July 15, 2021. Residents across British Columbia are being advised to prepare a well-stocked emergency kit in advance of what BC Hydro warns could be a stormy fall and winter made worse by the effects of the severe summer drought. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A summer of heatwaves saw B.C. residents cranking the AC. (File photo)

B.C. residents using air conditioning more than ever to beat the heat: BC Hydro

After a record-breaking summer, British Columbians now consider air conditioning a necessity.

A summer of heatwaves saw B.C. residents cranking the AC. (File photo)
Only 40 per cent of British Columbians have AC installed in their home. (Photo by The Associated Press)

Office AC is what’s missed the most by those working from home: BC Hydro

B.C. has a ways to go to meet the national average for home air conditioners

Only 40 per cent of British Columbians have AC installed in their home. (Photo by The Associated Press)
A downed tree left more than 100 people in a Saanich neighbourhood without power Wednesday (Aug. 4) morning. (BC Hydro)

UPDATE: Power back up for more than 100 in Saanich neighbourhood

Downed tree left customers without power Wednesday morning

A downed tree left more than 100 people in a Saanich neighbourhood without power Wednesday (Aug. 4) morning. (BC Hydro)
A swimmer swims in an unauthorized area at Comox Dam. Photo courtesy BC Hydro

Public risking lives on BC Hydro facilities pursuing perfect selfies

Incidents range from climbing transmission towers to swimming in restricted areas at dam sites

A swimmer swims in an unauthorized area at Comox Dam. Photo courtesy BC Hydro
BC Hydro will be releasing three pulse flows of water from Elsie Lake Dam to assist steelhead migration down the Ash River. The first pulse will take place starting Aug. 10, 2021. (BC HYDRO PHOTO)

Public urged to be cautious on Ash River during August flow increases

Increased water flows from Elsie Dam will help steelhead migration starting Aug. 10

BC Hydro will be releasing three pulse flows of water from Elsie Lake Dam to assist steelhead migration down the Ash River. The first pulse will take place starting Aug. 10, 2021. (BC HYDRO PHOTO)
A pyrocumulus cloud, also known as a fire cloud, forms in the sky as the Tremont Creek wildfire burns on the mountains above Ashcroft, B.C., on Friday, July 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

BC Hydro keeping eye on large wildfire burning near transmission line

The Brenda Creek wildfire in Central Okanagan is still classified as out of control

A pyrocumulus cloud, also known as a fire cloud, forms in the sky as the Tremont Creek wildfire burns on the mountains above Ashcroft, B.C., on Friday, July 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck