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General News · 16th December 2018
Wednesday, December 19: 9:30-2:30

Operational update: Emergency power outage to entire community

BC Hydro has scheduled an emergency power outage on Wednesday, December 19 in in the Powell River area from Saltery Bay to Lund, Cortes Island and Texada Island from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This outage will impact all customers in these areas.

A recent storm caused damaged to a transmission structure and power line in the area, and BC Hydro must take an outage to safely complete the required repair work. Because the work involves a helicopter, it must be completed on December 19 ahead of the next storm which is forecasted for later in the week. Helicopter work needs to be completed in fair weather during daylight hours.

In addition, Thursday’s storm would likely cause the transmission structure to completely fail, which would likely result in much longer outage for customers. That is why BC Hydro is proceeding with the planned outage on such short notice.

BC Hydro thanks customers for their patience as it completes this important work. For more information on the outage, visit