BC Hydro reports power outages to 18,000 Lower Mainland customers due to snow

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      While many commuters were contending with snow-related transit delays and traffic problems, others were without power.

      BC Hydro reported that 18,000 customers in the Lower Mainland were without power this morning. The areas most severely affected were in Burnaby, Surrey, Maple Ridge, and Port Moody.

      Fallen trees contributed to several blackouts. (A tree also fell on the SkyTrain line near Joyce Station this morning, causing delays.)

      In Surrey, a fallen tree cut power to 4,800 customers.

      In north Burnaby, crews were responding to a tree that had fallen on power lines, with an aim to restore power by 2 p.m.

      Also in Burnaby, power was restored to 13,000 customers after a repair to a substation.

      Crews did manage to restore power to 31,000 Lower Mainland customers this morning.

      Additionally, BC Hydro announced that the Buntzen Lake Resevoir area has been closed due to safety concerns caused by the snowfall.

      BC Hydro advises anyone who sees a fallen power line to automatically assume it is live, stay back 10 metres, keep anyone else away from the lines, and call 911 immediately.

      For more information about power outages, visit the BC Hydro outage list webpage or call 1-800-224-9376.

      To learn more about BC Hydro's process of restoring power, see this BC Hydro article.

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