November 16, 2015

Fall storm hits Lower Mainland, coast BCHydro Power smart
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November 16, 2015

It was a wet and wild Thursday night across much of the south coast and the Lower Mainland, as a fall storm hammered the region with heavy torrential rain and wind gusts. Our crews were pre-deployed to areas expected to face power outages, keeping the lights on for our customers as more than 100 millimetres of rain fell in some places. In Merritt, aging transformers in two substations and a transmission line from the 1950s are getting some much-needed upgrades, thanks to the Merritt Area Transmission Project that's now in service. And the John Hart Project in Campbell River is making some waves across North America; it was just named the best P3 project on the continent.
Wind, torrential rain hammer Lower Mainland and the coast

Wind, torrential rain hammer Lower Mainland and the coast

A fall storm hit B.C. late last Thursday, bringing wind gusts of up to 70 km/h in areas such as the Gulf Islands. We prepared for heavy rain and wind by pre-deploying our crews to harder to reach areas expected to face outages, but some of the biggest impacts on the region were heavy rain. As much as 100 millimetres of rain fell in some areas Thursday night.

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