“It is simply just the sheer volume of outages and when we put out an initial estimate, it is subject to change,” explains B.C. Hydro’s Bob Gammer. “As we look at the number of outages and where we are, we revise the estimate.”
3,700 customers in Fort St. John and more than 3,000 in Dawson Creek are still out. Three additional crews have been brought up from the lower mainland to Fort St. John to help Hydro’s regular and contract workers.
In Fort Nelson, 728 customers should expect to have power back by before midnight tonight once B.C. Hydro completes a pole replacement.
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“It’s a broken pole that’s in a key location,” Gammer explains. “A lot of customers will be back on once that pole’s fixed.
A warming centre in the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality has been opened at the Recreational Centre with refreshment, a phone charging station, and WiFi. However, there are no sleeping facilities.
Gammer advises northeast B.C. residents without power should prepare for another night or two without, but there is still the possibility of earlier restoration. Help on what to do during long term outages is available at bchydro.com/outages.