Storms cut power for 560 customers in Burns Lake, Southside

Hundreds of residents of Burns Lake and the Southside were left without power on Dec. 28-29 after trees fell onto power lines amid harsh weather.

Heavy snow and strong winds pushed the trees onto the lines, causing 11 power outages and leaving about 560 customers in the dark, BC Hydro community relations manager Bob Gammer told Lakes District News.

“The longest outage was 30 hours and 10 minutes for 73 customers in the area along the north side of the Nechako Reservoir, followed closely by an outage of nearly 29.5 hours for a handful of customers on Tatalrose Road on the south side of Francois Lake,” Gammer said.

A total of 164 customers had no power for 16.5 hours in the Colleymount Road area.

Other power interruptions were three to eight hours long.

Hundreds of customers in the neighbouring communities of Vanderhoof, Smithers and Houston also experienced power outages.

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