Power outages hit Greater Trail homes

A strong windstorm and equipment malfunction combined to cut power off to a large swath of Greater Trail around 4pm Monday.

A strong windstorm and equipment malfunction combined to cut power off to a large swath of Greater Trail on Monday.

Afternoon gusts of wind, topping 30 kilometres per hour, sent power lines to the ground in Montrose around 4 p.m., causing a power outage to a section of that    community.

A tree fell on a power line and knocked out power to 20 customers for four hours, according to FortisBC spokesperson Grace Pickell.

Around 6 p.m. on Monday, FortisBC said an equipment malfunction, and resulting safety precautions, at Beaver Creek caused a power outage to 4,700 customers in Trail and the Beaver Valley for approximately 10 minutes.

Fortunately crews were already on site repairing the malfunction when safety precautions were activated, which resulted in the brief outage.