A toppled tree is held up by power lines in front of a home on 6th Avenue in Mission. Firefighters and public works staff responded to dozens of calls last Thursday and Friday after a windstorm uprooted trees and brought down power lines throughout the Fraser Valley.

A toppled tree is held up by power lines in front of a home on 6th Avenue in Mission. Firefighters and public works staff responded to dozens of calls last Thursday and Friday after a windstorm uprooted trees and brought down power lines throughout the Fraser Valley.

Wind storm cleanup continues in Mission

Firefighters, public works inundated with calls as trees block rods, knock down power lines.

“I’d venture to say it was probably our busiest day ever. Busiest 17 hours ever.”

That’s how Mission Fire Rescue Service assistant chief Blaine Odenbach described last Thursday’s windstorm that sent trees toppling across Mission and the rest of the Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland.

“We went to an awful lot of calls. From our records, we attended some 59 calls,” said Odenbach.

The first wind-related call came in at 10:40 p.m. on Wednesday (March 9), and the last call, regarding downed hydro lines, came in on March 10 at 4:46 p.m.

Despite several toppled trees and power outages, Odenbach said there was no significant damage done and no reports of injuries during the storm that saw winds gust up to 90 km/h.

While the calls ended for the fire department, once the storm passed, Mission public works was still receiving calls regarding damage and road blockages.

Matt Dunham, operations manager of public works, said about 18 staff members were dealing with calls all day Thursday.

“We got 70 calls logged here in the office that day,” he said.

Forty of those calls were for blockages or partial blockages of roadways because of fallen trees.

As of Wednesday  of this week, crews were still working on cleaning up the mess left behind.

“We are still getting calls. There are still bits and pieces that people are just noticing now,” said Dunham.

This was the biggest windstorm in Mission since Aug. 29, 2015, when public works recorded 48 job orders for fallen trees and lines. It cost approximately $50,000 for the cleanup.

The total amount spent on storm cleanup in 2015 was just under $100,000.

It is not yet known how much the aftermath of the latest storm will cost.

The storm knocked out power to more than 2,500 Mission homes.

BC Hydro crews responded quickly. However, some homes were left without power for almost two days.

 

Just Posted

Emergency services were on the scene of an apparent stabbing Friday afternoon (June 11) in the 2400 block of Countess Street in Abbotsford. (Photo: Kaytlin Harrison)
Two suspects arrested after apparent stabbing in Abbotsford

Incident occurs Friday afternoon in 2400 block of Countess Street

submitted
City of Mission hosting a virtual and in-person open house to explore Silverdale plan

It’s the first neighbourhood planning area of the larger Silverdale Comprehensive Planning Area

Hutch Hotels Ltd., which owned the former Alder Inn (which was demolished in November 2020), is among the defendants in a lawsuit related to an alleged impaired-driving crash in January 2017. The civil suit also names S & L Kitchen and Bar in Abbotsford. (Black Press file photo)
Two Fraser Valley bars named in lawsuit related to alleged impaired-driving crash

S & L Abbotsford and Alder Inn being sued by passenger in 2017 rollover collision

With a lot of summer traffic expected, RCMP are setting up traffic blitzes throughout the Eastern Fraser Valley to curb dangerous driving behaviour in cone zones. (Submitted by Road Safety at Work)
See orange cones? Better put down your phone!

12 roadside workers died, 207 were injured in B.C. during last 10 years

Stock photo from Pixabay
Abbotsford Police warn about scam phone calls that display their name

Caller claims victim’s identity has been compromised and they need to send money

t
How to tell if a call from ‘CRA’ is legitimate or a scam

Expert says it’s important to verify you really are dealing with the CRA before you give out any info

The rainbow flag flies beside the Canadian flag outside the University of the Fraser Valley’s Chilliwack campus on June 26, 2020. Monday, June 14, 2021 is Flag Day, and also June is Pride Month. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of June 13 to 19

Flag Day, Garbage Man Day, International Panic Day all coming up this week

British Columbia-Yukon Community News Association’s 2021 Ma Murray Awards were handed out during a virtual ceremony on Friday, June 10. (Screen grab)
Black Press Media winners take gold at B.C. and Yukon journalism awards

Publications received nods in dozens of categories

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greets campers while visiting McDougall, Ont. on Thursday, July 19, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
71% of B.C. men say they’d prefer to go camping with Trudeau: survey

Most British Columbians with plans to go camping outdoors say they’d prefer to go with Trudeau or Shania Twain

Members of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ Marine Mammal Response Program rescued an adult humpback what that was entangled in commercial fishing gear in the waters off of Entrance Island on Thursday, June 10. (Photo courtesy Marine Mammal Response Program)
Rescuers free humpback ‘anchored’ down by prawn traps off Vancouver Island

Department of Fisheries and Oceans responders spend hours untangling whale

Chilliwack cocaine trafficker Clayton Eheler seen with a tiger somewhere in Asia in 2014. Eheler was sentenced to nine years jail in 2018, but was released on bail in October 2020 pending his appeal of conviction.(Facebook)
Director of civil forfeiture seeks $140,000 from Fraser Valley drug dealer’s father-in-law

Clayton Eheler’s father-in-law Ray Morrissey caught with money in Fort St. John by B.C.’s gang unit

A Comox Valley shellfish operator pleaded guilty and was fined $10,000 in provincial court in Courtenay earlier this year. Record file photo
B.C. clam harvester fined $10,000 for Fisheries Act violations

Charges against three others were stayed in Courtenay Provincial Court

Frank Phillips receives a visit from his wife Rena at Nanaimo Seniors Village on their 61st wedding anniversary, March 31, 2020. Social visits have been allowed since COVID-19 vaccination has been offered in all care homes. (Nanaimo News Bulletin)
B.C. prepares mandatory vaccination for senior care homes

180 more cases of COVID-19 in B.C. Friday, one more death

Lorraine Gibson, 90, received a COVID-19 immunization at the South Surrey Park and Ride vaccination clinic. (File photo: Aaron Hinks)
Surrey has had 25% of B.C.’s total COVID-19 cases

Surrey recorded 4,012 cases in May

Most Read