Power restored after fallen tree knocks out power to hundreds in East Sooke

Power restored after fallen tree knocks out power to hundreds in East Sooke
Emcon Services Inc. - South Island Division/Twitter
The downed tree is shown.

The lights are back on for hundreds of East Sooke residents after a fallen tree knocked out power on Saturday morning.

Just after 6:20 a.m., BC Hydro says a tree fell across wires, knocking out electricity to some 788 customers.

The power would stay out for most of the day. In an update around noon, BC Hydro said crews were on site making repairs, and that electricity was estimated to be restored by 5 p.m.

That estimate held true, and by late Saturday afternoon power was back online for all East Sooke residents.

A photo posted by Emcon Services Inc. – the company contracted to maintain roads in the region – showed a tree blocking a portion of East Sooke Road near Anderson Cove Road.

The company warned commuters to stay away from downed wires in case they were still active or energized.

The outage comes amid storm advisories for most of Vancouver Island.

WATCH: Multi-day rain event now hitting Vancouver Island

Environment Canada issued special weather statements for all regions of Vancouver Island except for Greater Victoria this weekend.

Heavy rain and above-seasonal temperatures are expected for North, West, Inland and East Vancouver Island spanning from Saturday through Monday.

Environment Canada says the warm temperatures and heavy rain could cause some flooding, power outages, or water pooling on roads.

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