Canim Lake power outage cause unknown

Numerous people affected by three-hour service interruption

A BC Hydro service interruption left 1,521 people without power in the early morning of Sept. 6, affecting residents and businesses at Buffalo Creek, Forest Grove and Canim Lake.

Their power was off from 6:18 to 9:15 a.m., just as many residents were getting ready for work or preparing their breakfasts.

The areas without electricity spanned from central Houseman Road along, and across, parts of Eagle Creek Road, Pine Valley Drive, Canim Lake Road, Bakken Road, Prosper Way, and various other connecting streets.

BC Hydro media relations representative Dave Mosure says the source of this sizable power outage is a mystery.

“Crews did a full patrol of the line and they could not find the cause. So it’s listed as cause unknown. They re-energized and it stayed [live].”

Four days earlier, another major power outage due to a windstorm hit 2,839 BC Hydro customers near 100 Mile House. That one was reported by BC Hydro as south-east of central Highway 97 and also west of Highway 97 and north of Exeter Road, but occurred at 12:20 a.m. on Sept. 2, when most folks were sleeping. The power was back on by 2:44 a.m.