Power restored to thousands on Vancouver Island, Gulf Islands amid snowfall

Power restored to thousands on Vancouver Island, Gulf Islands amid snowfall
Blanshard Street in Victoria is pictured in the early hours of Jan. 17, 2024

The power is back on for thousands of BC Hydro customers on Vancouver Island and nearby Gulf Islands, though more than 2,000 people in the region are still in the dark Wednesday afternoon.

At its peak Wednesday, roughly 14,000 people lost electricity on Vancouver Island and surrounding Island communities, largely due to fallen trees and snowfall in the area.

Some of the largest outages included more than 2,000 people losing power from Sooke to Port Renfrew due to fallen trees and the “snowstorm.”

By 3 p.m., some 672 BC Hydro customers were still without in East Sooke power due to the snow.

Meanwhile, more than 325 BC Hydro customers lacked power on Mayne Island due a tree falling down across a wire.

BC Hydro estimates power will be restored to most Island outages by Wednesday afternoon.

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The snow has been turning Island life on its head Wednesday, with most Vancouver Island school districts declaring a snow day.

BC Transit also warned of cancellations and delays, with delays striking the Victoria Transit Region and full suspension of service affecting the Cowichan Valley and Regional District of Nanaimo Transit System.

Flights at Victoria International Airport were also cancelled or delay, while Harbour Air and HeliJet both grounded their fleets due to the weather.

A snowfall warning is in effect for Greater Victoria, Inland Vancouver Island and East Vancouver Island, where 10 to 20 centimetres of snow is expected to fall Wednesday.


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