Power restored after outage affects thousands in Victoria, Saanich

Power restored after outage affects thousands in Victoria, Saanich
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BC Hydro says a power outage is affecting thousands of customers in Victoria and Saanich on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2023.

Electricity is back up and running for thousands of Greater Victoria residents after a power outage struck Wednesday afternoon.

Around 12:53 p.m., BC Hydro said an equipment failure was to blame for an outage that affected nearly 3,800 BC Hydro customers in Victoria and Saanich.

The outage affected areas north of Topaz Avenue, east of Whittier Avenue, west of Mars Street and south of Tattersall Avenue.

By 2:30 p.m., the power had been restored.

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This past Saturday, Dec. 9, more than 10,000 people across Vancouver Island, including in Victoria, were without power amid wind warnings.

But the “hardest hit area,” according to a BC Hydro spokesperson, was the North Island, where some people were in the dark for about 12 hours. Transmission circuits failed, and the wind downed trees, which, in turn, knocked down power lines.

The spokesperson said crews in the Gold River area had to attend to some “pretty gnarly” weather conditions but eventually restored the power.

READ MORE: North Island ‘hardest hit’ with power outages Saturday: BC Hydro

With files from CHEK’s Adam Chan

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