power outages

The Regional District of Mount Waddington is in for another all-day power outage, tentatively scheduled for July 22. (North Island Gazette file photo)

All-day planned power outage coming for entire North Island

BC Hydro says power is expected to be out July 22 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Almost everyone in the Cowichan Valley had power back Thursday morning, after a windstorm overnight Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 caused mass outages. (screenshot)

Power back on for most following windstorm

Only two outages remained in the Cowichan Valley Thursday morning

 

The Island Aurora leaving Port McNeill in 2020. (Zoe Ducklow | Gazette)

Low tides, power outages pull plug on North Island ferry run

Ferry turned back from Sointula because ship-to-shore power cord was too short

 

Heavy snow falls as people walk on the Simon Fraser University campus, in Burnaby, B.C., on Monday, Dec. 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

BC Hydro says 240,000 customers hit by province’s first winter storm

It says crews have been working around the clock since then

Heavy snow falls as people walk on the Simon Fraser University campus, in Burnaby, B.C., on Monday, Dec. 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Police warned of winter driving conditions and fallen trees north of Royal Oak on Dec. 21. (Saanich Police/Twitter)

BC Hydro still working to restore power to nearly 1,600 south Island, Gulf Islands customers

Service expected to resume for all by end of Dec. 23, power company says

Police warned of winter driving conditions and fallen trees north of Royal Oak on Dec. 21. (Saanich Police/Twitter)
Helium balloons in Vernon, a hungry bear outside Nakusp and busy beavers in Dawson Creek top BC Hydro’s list of most memorable causes of power outages in 2020. (BC Hydro photo)

BC Hydro’s top 10 memorable outages of 2020

Helium balloons in Vernon and a hungry bear near Nakusp top BC Hydro’s list

Helium balloons in Vernon, a hungry bear outside Nakusp and busy beavers in Dawson Creek top BC Hydro’s list of most memorable causes of power outages in 2020. (BC Hydro photo)
The Port Alice Community Centre opened its doors to the public Wednesday through Friday morning, offering coffee, tea, hot soup, meals and warmth. Cots were available for overnight stays. The centre had a generator, so people were able to charge their devices. Approximately 75 residents passed through during the three-day outage. (Debra Lynn photo)

Three days in the cold: remote Port Alice survives the power outage

The Port Alice Community Centre opened its doors to the public Wednesday through Friday morning.

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The Port Alice Community Centre opened its doors to the public Wednesday through Friday morning, offering coffee, tea, hot soup, meals and warmth. Cots were available for overnight stays. The centre had a generator, so people were able to charge their devices. Approximately 75 residents passed through during the three-day outage. (Debra Lynn photo)
Over 6,000 customers were affected by the power outage that started on Nov. 17. (BC Hydro photo)

BC Hydro crews worked 16 hour days to turn the North Island’s power back on

BC Hydro runs one transmission line to Northern Vancouver Island so there was no backup line.

Over 6,000 customers were affected by the power outage that started on Nov. 17. (BC Hydro photo)
Areas without power as of 2 p.m. Nov. 19. (BC Hydro image)

1709 customers still without power on the North Island

Port Alice and Zeballos will not have power restored until Friday due to extensive damage

Areas without power as of 2 p.m. Nov. 19. (BC Hydro image)
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

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)
Trees downed on the Frigon Road to Port Alice. (David Burnett | Facebook)

UPDATE: North Island power to be restored by 5 p.m. Wednesday for most regions

BC Hydro dispells myth that it could take a week to restore

Trees downed on the Frigon Road to Port Alice. (David Burnett | Facebook)
The tree trunk of a fallen tree at Heritage Forest in Qualicum Beach. (Lindsey Genoe photo)

WATCH: High winds uproot large tree along Qualicum Beach forest trail

More than 14,000 BC Hydro customers affected by recent power outage

The tree trunk of a fallen tree at Heritage Forest in Qualicum Beach. (Lindsey Genoe photo)
A fallen tree on Marshall Road was among the problems caused by windy weather in the Cowichan Valley on Tuesday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
A fallen tree on Marshall Road was among the problems caused by windy weather in the Cowichan Valley on Tuesday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
The Port Hardy Chamber of Commerce wants to hear from business owners about the all-day power outage on Aug. 13. (North Island Gazette file photo of chamber building)

North Island asked if it wants repeat of recent all-day power outage

‘The Aug. 13 planned power outage came at the worst possible time for our tourism operators’

The Port Hardy Chamber of Commerce wants to hear from business owners about the all-day power outage on Aug. 13. (North Island Gazette file photo of chamber building)
The Regional District of Mount Waddington will be without power for around 10 hours on Aug. 13. (North Island Gazette file photo)

Ten-hour planned power outage coming for North Island residents

To keep crews and the public safe, power must be switched off while BC Hydro completes the work.

The Regional District of Mount Waddington will be without power for around 10 hours on Aug. 13. (North Island Gazette file photo)
Stock photo of bird on a wire.

Bird contacting wires causes massive Port Hardy power outage

The power outage started at 1:18 p.m. and lasted until 3:00 p.m.

Stock photo of bird on a wire.
Sirens were heard from CFB Esquimalt Tuesday night in a series of strange noises and power outages. File photo

UPDATE: Problems at B.C. Hydro substation cause electrical issues, sirens across Greater Victoria

Power surges caused flickering lights across the City and sirens at CFB Esquimalt

Sirens were heard from CFB Esquimalt Tuesday night in a series of strange noises and power outages. File photo