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Update on Maple Ridge outages: clearing snowy, icy trees

Our Vegetation Management crew working in the Maple Ridge area on February 8 to prune 'snow loaded' branches that pose a risk to nearby power lines. Show caption
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We’ve been seeing a lot of outages with the recent snowstorms in the south Bonson area of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows.

One particular circuit experienced 5 outages between 9:40 pm Friday night and 9 p.m. Sunday night. Heavy snow piled up on trees and branches caused large tree limbs in various locations to repeatedly either contact or break the power line. We had 12 full crews working in Maple Ridge, and it was even difficult for our crews to work; they faced heavy snow and actively falling trees.

We know this has been frustrating and today, crews were out doing as much work as we can to tackle the snow-loaded trees that have been causing these repeated outages.

Our operations team has also been working behind-the-scenes to make adjustments to these circuits if we see further outage impacts with the snowstorm anticipated, which would lessen the length and impact of any future outages.

If you see a fallen line or tree on the line, stay back and call 911

The weather reports for Wednesday to Thursday don't look good; calls for unusual freezing rain, more snowfall, and then heavy rain. That means a strong potential for more branches and snow-loading on trees to contact power lines.

If you see a fallen power line, or a tree contacting a line, remember it's an emergency. If it's down, it's a danger.

Stay back at least 10 metres (the length of a bus) and call 911.