Just 2,800 Fraser Valley customers are without power on the first day of the new year after crews worked around the clock over the weekend following recent winter storm conditions.
Others have been warned that the loss of power may extend Monday overnight.
BC Hydro said crews were out Monday morning working in the North Aldergrove, North Otter and Jackson areas of Langley, as well as in parts of North Mission.
“Crews are still dealing with hazardous conditions and ice build-up on our equipment. Restoration estimates will be provided as soon as available,” read the latest update shared by BC Hydro just after 11 a.m.
A few updates on restoration efforts this morning: crews continue to work around the clock to restore those out of power, including prioritizing large outages and those out the longest.
— BC Hydro ()
According to BC Hydro, some areas still dealing with smaller outages are due to circuit damage, which must be fixed first before service can be restored. Others still without power are because they are located in difficult-to-access areas.
“Crews will continue working around the clock to restore power as quickly as possible to everyone affected, but some customers will remain out overnight Monday as severe ice buildup is still present, crews are facing lengthy repairs and challenging conditions in many areas,” the update read.
On Sunday, there had been more than 9,000 customers stretching from Langley to Chilliwack who were without power in their homes. That figure was an improvement over the 27,000 customers who were without power on Saturday and the more than 100,000 customers at one point on Friday.
“An increased number of damage assessment teams are out this morning to identify secondary damage to our system, including broken poles and downed power lines,” said BC Hydro in an update shared Sunday at 7:30 a.m.
Crews will work through the night and through tomorrow, with the latest info shared as soon as it becomes available.
— BC Hydro ()
A storm of freezing rain began Thursday, coating power lines, tree branches and snowbanks in ice, causing power outages and car wrecks throughout the Fraser Valley.
“It’s ugly — there’s no better way to put it — it’s ugly out here,” Abbotsford police Sgt. Judy Bird told Postmedia on Friday. Drivers were advised stay off the roads and residents were asked to check on elderly or disabled neighbours to ensure their health and safety.
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