power outages

Power outages in Greater Victoria on Aug. 21. (Photo courtesy of BC Hydro)

Power outages affect thousands in Greater Victoria Saturday morning

BC Hydro said the outages affected 16,162 on the south Island as of 10 a.m.

 

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

 

Three BC Hydro power lines were down near Herring Gull Way and Franklin’s Gull Road in Parksville on Wednesday, July 14. (Michael Briones photo).

Downed Parksville powerlines trap 2 drivers inside their trucks

No injuries reported, BC Hydro crews called in to ensure safe exits

 

Three BC Hydro power lines were down near Herring Gull Way and Franklin’s Gull Road in Parksville on Wednesday, July 14. (Michael Briones photo).

UPDATE: Downed Parksville powerlines trap 2 drivers inside their trucks

No injuries reported, BC Hydro crews called in to ensure safe exits

Three BC Hydro power lines were down near Herring Gull Way and Franklin’s Gull Road in Parksville on Wednesday, July 14. (Michael Briones photo).
BC Hydro photo

North Island rides out hottest day of the year with a 21-hour power outage

Heat didn’t cause damage to transmission pole, but it hampered efforts to find the problem

BC Hydro photo
People enjoy the sun at Woodbine Beach on June 19, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin

BC Hydro assures customers it has ‘more than enough’ power to weather the heat wave

Despite an increase of pressure on the Western grid, blackouts are not expected like in some U.S. states

People enjoy the sun at Woodbine Beach on June 19, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin
RDMW signage. (North Island Gazette file photo)

Another all-day power outage scheduled for North Island

Outage tentatively set for July 15 will impact all North Island communities

RDMW signage. (North Island Gazette file photo)
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.

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

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

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

  • Dec 1, 2020
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)