Storm knocks out power

Power was knocked out across a large region of the B.C. southern interior Wednesday evening, including 900 homes in the Greater Trail area.

Power was knocked out across a large region of the B.C. southern interior Wednesday evening, including 900 homes in the Greater Trail area.

Widespread reports of electrical outages began to flood FortisBC’s call centre in Kelowna at about 4 p.m., according to the company’s spokesperson David Wylie.

Service to most of the Okanagan city was restored within the hour.

However, as the intense storm rolled southeast through Grand Forks and then to Trail, 4,000 Kootenay Boundary customers were left in the dusk.

“We had the majority of customers restored in Kelowna by 5 p.m.,” said Wylie. “But that same weather system continued through the Kootenays and hit with first reports of outages at about 6:30 p.m.”

Strong winds were the cause of the majority of power losses, he continued, adding that FortisBC crews were working at multiple sites throughout the night, removing downed trees before restoring service.

He said about 1,700 Castlegar customers, 500 homes in the Genelle area and 1,000 in Slocan, lost power but service was restored to most of those homes between 8p.m. and 11:30 p.m.

“We have a really reliable system but when a big storm rolls through this is unavoidable,” Wylie added. “But we are available at all hours every day of the week to get power restored and when these storms come up, we are ready.”

Just Posted

Trail military exercises provide crucial training

Exercise Sapper Crucible: ‘The nuts and bolts of what a soldier is’

VIDEO: SPCA ushers in new era with Castlegar facility

$2.69-million project had ribbon cutting on Friday

Thrums, Riondel, and Slocan, revisited

Place Names: Scottish author delighted by Thrums name origin

Last stand for Silver City summer

Fall officially arrives in Trail at 6:54 p.m. on Saturday

Tell the Times

Web Poll: Will you be attending a candidates forum in the Trail area?

VIDEO: SPCA ushers in new era with Castlegar facility

$2.69-million project had ribbon cutting on Friday

B.C. premier apologizes for removal of 1950s totem pole at Canada-U.S. border

First Nations say pole was raised at Peace Arch but removed to make way for tourism centre

Tornado touches down in Ottawa and Gatineau, Que.

Environment Canada says cars and homes have been damaged by severe thunderstorms and high wind gusts

An unexpected sight: Bear spotted eating another bear in central B.C.

Cheslatta Carrier Nation Chief finds bear eating another bear’s carcass

RCMP confirm death of missing BC teen Jessica Patrick

No details on cause were given. Case is under criminal investigation and police are asking for tips.

CUTENESS OVERLOAD: 2 sea otters hold hands at the Vancouver Aquarium

Holding hands is a common – and adorable – way for otters to stay safe in the water

B.C. teen with autism a talented guitarist

Farley Mifsud is gaining fans with every performance

Yukon man facing new attempted murder charge in B.C. exploding mail case

Leon Nepper, 73, is now facing one charge each of aggravated assault and attempted murder

B.C. man who left hospice to run in upcoming election dies

A week after leaving hospice to go to city hall to declare his candidacy, David Hesketh has died.

Most Read