BC Hydro crews were kept busy over the holiday season restoring power to customers following winter storms. (File Photo)

BC Hydro crews were kept busy over the holiday season restoring power to customers following winter storms. (File Photo)

Storms cut BC Hydro power

More than 100 affected in one outage

More than 100 local BC Hydro customers lost their BC Hydro power for a period of time thanks to Christmas season storms.

The largest group, 101 customers east of town along the Mitchell Bay Road, lost power for one hour and 44 minutes on Dec. 28, said BC Hydro official Bob Gammer.

“The cause was not listed, however this was during the wind and snow storm, so this is likely what led to the outage,” he said.

There were two additional outages the next day with eight customers in the Morice River Road area losing power for six hours and 42 minutes and fewer than five customers losing power for just over 30 minutes.

“Both outages on the 29th do not have a cause listed, but again, due to the weather that day which impacted a widespread area, it is likely that wind and snow conditions played a role,” Gammer said.

He said roughly 11,000 BC Hydro customers across northern B.C. lost power for varying periods of time due to winds and snow on Dec. 28 and Dec. 29.

Hundreds of customers in the neighbouring communities of Burns Lake, Vanderhoof and Smithers also experienced power outages on those two days.

“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.