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By Adam Reaburn
Crews are working over time to get power restored to over 3,000 customers in the Peace Region.
The hardest hit area remains the South Peace and the Progress and Groundbirch regions. Over 2,300 customers are without power and Hydro hopes to restore power to about 800 of those affected by midnight tonight. That would leave another 1,500 which they hope to get to Sunday and Monday.
In the North Peace about 700 customers, mainly in the Cecil Lake area, are without power and Hydro hopes to bring that number down to 200 or 300 by midnight tonight. Again the remainder would see power restored by Sunday or Monday.
A motor vehicle incident also knocked out power in the Moberly area, that outage should be fully restored by 7pm.
BC Hydro’s Dan Von Hollen says the biggest problem they have today is the shear number of outages. At one point there was over 100 separate power outages in the Peace region, which has stretched BC Hydro’s resources. Crews are flying in from Vancouver and driving in from Kelowna, but won’t be able to help until Sunday.
Hydro also has three crews of arborists who will be working ahead of the main line crews. There job will be to clear trees, which traditionally line crews have done, so this will help to speed up the process.
At the height of the power outages over 7,000 customers across the Peace region were without power. Some lost power at around 6pm Friday night and may not see power restored until at least Sunday or maybe even Monday.
For a current list of outages, click here. For more updates you can listen to 100.1 Moose FM or keep checking Energeticcity.ca
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