UPDATE #4: BC Hydro Community Relations Manager Bob Gammer said that this morning’s power outage was caused by a fault with a bus unit at the Fort St. John substation that moves electricity along a circuit. Gammer explained that an issue with the bus caused the power outage, but that crews were able to get power restored after 61 minutes. He added that the cause of the fault is still under investigation, but was able to eliminate anything weather-related, as the equipment is built to withstand severe winter weather and no vegetation is permitted to grow inside the substation’s perimeter.
UPDATE as of 10:50 a.m. – B.C. Hydro’s website is reporting that power has been restored to all but five customers in the North Peace.
UPDATE as of 10:33 a.m. – We are getting reports from residents that some power has been restored. The number of customers affected by the outage has dropped to 7,800
UPDATE as of 10:10 a.m. – B.C. Hydro now says over 8,700 customers are without power in the North Peace. There is no estimate of when power will be restored or cause of the outages. The power outages now reach out to Charlie Lake and Taylor.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – B.C. Hydro says over 6,000 customers are currently without power in the North Peace.
According to their website, the outage started at around 9:40 a.m. for customers in Fort St. John and Baldonnel. The outage is also affecting rural customers in Cecil Lake and Goodlow.
As of 10 a.m., there is no estimate on when power will be restored or the cause of the outage.
We will post more information as it becomes available.
You can also visit www.bchydro.com/outages for more information.
The Fort St. John Fire Department also shared an important reminder during power outages. When you approach an intersection that is not working, it must be treated as a four-way stop.