Wild winter: Record power use, snow, ice and outages
Our power line crews can only hope the worst of winter is over
It all began with two months of seemingly neverending rain, complete with full-to-the-brim Vancouver Island reservoirs and some flooding in Island communities. And then it got seriously Canadian, even in normally mild Vancouver. Sub-zero temperatures. Snow. Even pond hockey in Lotusland.
By early January, southwest B.C. was in its longest cold snap in 33 years and B.C. set an all-time record for one-hour electricity demand. By February, we were hammered by another storm, this one including the rather foreign concept of freezing rain, and BC Hydro crews came from all over B.C. to help restore more than 360,000 customers over a six-day period.
It has been a wild winter. And let's hope – especially for those of you who suffered through extended or repeated power outages, and our overworked power line crews – that the worst is over.
The good news for those of us who faced higher than normal electricity bills this winter is that we can apply for a delay in payment of those winter bills. If you think you need a break on those bills, see our story on the Winter Payment Plan.
Here's a quick look back, in images, of a winter we won't soon forget.