BC Hydro is asking you to call 911 if you see a downed power line.
After a nasty storm that caused several power outages on the Sunshine Coast, the company wants to remind the public to never assume a power line is de-energized because it’s on the ground.
“A lot of things can happen,” said Ted Olynyk, BC Hydro’s media spokesperson.
“The powerline could be re-energized as we try and bring the system back on. The powerline won’t be de-energized once it hits the ground. Or someone could have a generator that’s not wired properly, so it’s still going to back feed into the system, so never assume a power line is dead if it’s laying on the ground.”
The suggestion is to keep a good distance from the downed power line and stay 10 metres back.
A few thousand customers in the Roberts Creek and Sechelt area were without power for a couple of hours.
Another outage by the Madiera Park area is being investigated and so far more than 2200 people don’t have any power in that area. (A crew is en route to investigate and they should be there by 11:30)
If you are still experiencing a power outage you can call 1800 BC Hydro.